Aquino: Anti-corruption program now bearing fruits


President Benigno Aquino addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Malacañang Photo Bureau

DAVOS, Switzerland—What started as a presidential campaign battlecry is now unlocking the Philippines’ potential to fast-track economic growth, attract more investors and rekindle optimism among its citizens.

President Benigno Aquino spoke to the World Economic Forum about his administration’s anti-corruption efforts which he vowed to institutionalize into an “enduring mainstream of progress rather a mere blip in the radar and a case study for failed expectations.”

And while the President acknowledged that the work to uplift the lives of his  poor countrymen was “far from over,” he said the fight against corruption has so far yielded positive results for the economy, in turn benefiting not only the rich, but the majority of the people.

“We want our people to come to expect more from their government; we want to prove that their mandate, given freely during elections, counts for something,” Aquino said.

The President spoke on Thursday night before a private session linked to WEF’s anti-corruption initiative through a multi-sectoral group called “Partnering Against Corruption Initiative.”  It was a closed-door session that also included the chief of state of Mongolia, the prime minister of Peru and a member of the Indian Parliament.

In discussing recent initiatives, Mr. Aquino said there was “rampant corruption” in the government when he first assumed office in 2010, alluding to the rice importation binge of the National Food Authority and anomalous road projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways.

He also cited the impeachment of former Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona for the non-disclosure of the bulk of his wealth.

A copy of the President’s speech was released after the private session, which was attended by a select group of 50 people, mostly chief executive officers of corporations.  Communications Secretary Ramon Carandang also briefed visiting Philippine media about the anti-corruption session and released a copy of the President’s opening remarks.

“What brought everybody together was that you had governments that were taking concrete steps and they were willing to share what they learned,” Carandang said.

“I think this is good because… when they hear straight from the leaders about what they are doing to fight corruption, I think it helps instil confidence in them because every one of those people was a potential investor in our country.  So when you explain all these things to them, they sometimes act a little surprised because some of the moves that we’ve taken are quite bold. So, I think, it creates a good impression of not just the leadership but the country in general,” he added.

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  • indiots

    isang aquino pa kaya ang susunod na president?

  • luvphilippines

    Yeah! we have a new ombudsman and chief justice. dapat lang patalsikin ang mga alipores ni arroyo.

    What I like most is the fact that we have an approved national budget every year. scrutinized, deliberated and debated by the house and senate before approval. this was never done during 9 years of the corrupt arroyo regime. her budgets were not approved and always reenacted.

    A well scrutinized and approved annual national budget is the best prevention against corruption because govt funds are allocated to specific programs or projects, down to the last centavo.

    • FernandoBusi

      Do you know that the ‘Special Purpose Fund’ aka Presidential Pork does not have any detail but is a 300++ billion peso lump sum. Scrutinized budget ka dyan, Kaya nga nagkaka gulo sa Senado dahil rail roaded ang budget para full of savings. 

      Naniniwala ka kasi kaagad sa press release eh. Why don’t you attend the congressional budget sessions so you know if it was really scrutinized or not.

  • Atlason

    Aquino appointed Sereno as Chief Justice. Look at what she’s done – Sereno issue a FAKE court resolution! Her fake resolution was later revoked and recalled by the court en banc. She had made the Philippines the laughing stock of the world with a chief justice that engages in such a shameful act of issuing a fake supreme court resolution. This is the caliber of people that Aquino appoints to such lofty positions – she even scored very low in her psychological exams and to get back, she fired those psychologists and psychiatrists who released her exam results – and she did this Chirstmas time, what a heartless vile woman she is! And what of another PNoy appointee Ombudsman Morales? She is the partner in crime of her cousin Justice Carpio of the Supreme Court, know in legal circles as “Justice For Sale.” When Morales was still in the Supreme Court, ALL of her decision were identical to those of Carpio and she benefited just as much from her cousin’s wholesale sale of cases in the courts. New Ombudsmand & Chief Justices? They are the paragon of what’s wrong with this present administration of Aquino which is so immersed in corruption that the world is just laughing when Aquino talks about his so-called “anti-corruption” program. Apply it to yourself and your KKKs Mr. Aquino, that’s where it is needed most!

  • Socorro

    Talaga naman to the highest level  na ang pagsisinungaling ng Aquino govt. orchestrated by no other then Carandang. How can they be proud of that when the lawmakers here are fighting over the issue of money?  Come on GMA and Corona are not the only corrupt people here, how can you be proud of eradicating two corrupt when corruption is undeniably still thriving? Mas matindi pa nga ngayon kasi Filipinos do not have a way to find out Malacañan press releases are full of lies under the guise of positivism, even media is either controlled or has been corrupted.

  • boybakal

    Aquino: Anti-corruption program now BEARING FRUITS…

    Salamat naman at nagbunga na….bungang araw.
    Yon frutas, balimbing ang bunga…daming nagbaligtaran.

  • EhFilipino

    Ginoong Abnoy, tigilan na ang talak;
    Ang bibig mo’y bumubula laway ay pumapatak;
    Pawang kasinungalingan ang iyong pinuputak;
    Gawain lamang yan ng mga walang utak!

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