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Commentary: Stamp out corruption

By Henry S. Lagasca

San Fernando City, La Union (21 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has, time and again, underscored the need to rid the bureaucracy of corruption and abuse as part of the quest for peace and economic stability.

The present dispensation, so far, has allotted some P3-billion in its continuing campaign to rid the system of irregularities and even enlisted the active participation of civil society to be government's watchdogs.

Records show that dozens of officials have either been booted out from the service or are facing graft charges in courts as a result of the lifestyle check waged by the present administration to let truth and justice prevail.

More investigators and prosecutors were hired by the Office of the Ombudsman which is focused on corruption charges with no leanings, no politics and no drama involved but fair and just decision.

The President expressed hope that the Ombudsman would be fair in its investigation in accordance with due process, based on solid evidence and respects the rights of the accused and the accuser in resolving peacefully and truthfully issues and accusations.

Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal said that the quest for truth could be best pursued through prayers rather than protest rallies in the streets.

Through prayers the court of public opinion over alleged corruption in the government will make people calm.

Analysis of Global Source, a New York-based think tank reported that "there's a slim chance that President Arroyo will be ousted through another "people power" given the lack of public outrage and solid backing from the military brass".

Quoting the same Global Source, "the present administration will likely continue to weather political storms because the Filipino people have learned to adapt themselves once again to the political turbulence".

A rejoinder by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita also states that "despite many attempts to destabilize the government, the leadership of President Arroyo remains strong and the economy unaffected by the current political circus". (PIA Region 1) [top]

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