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War Against Corruption Failing?

October 19, 2008

The report reminds us that 2 years ago, the government got a grant of $21-M or some PhP100-M (using current exchange rates) to combat corruption. But the country is now described as having a failing grade 0f 57% representing a 21% drop. The report is surprising to say the least given that just last June during her State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Arroyo cited her war versus graft and corruption as among her administration’s “solid” achievements.

Malacanang has its work cut out for it. While seemingly par for the course, given his avowed presidential ambitions, Senator Mar Roxas has immediately spoken to chide the government of the day. Roxas is entirely correct but not a few remember that Roxas served a considerable period as GMA’s trade and industry secretary and just recently took a 180-degree turn and voted for the much-denounced Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) whose very constitutionality is now being challenged before the Supreme Court.

It’s important to keep things in mind as we try to make sense of these new headlines.

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