PGMA renews SONA commitment to curb corruption
By Renee F. De Guzman
San Fernando City, La Union (4 August) -- In support to President Arroyo's commitment to rid corruption in the bureaucracy as part of her priority agenda of governance, the government has step up its efforts versus corruption.
In her recent State-of-the-Nation Address, the President promised "to continue to fight corruption every single day" as she endorsed to Congress the passing of a "more stringent anti-graft law", saying that "advanced corruption practices require an advanced legislative response."
Malacaņang said that the government will sustain its anti-corruption initiatives including the lifestyle checks among government executives.
The government has been making a headway in reducing corruption in the bureaucracy in the past few years with the increase in the conviction rate of the Office of the Ombudsman.
The government has spent more than P3 billion for its anti-corruption efforts, a hefty sum to fight corruption, particularly in evidence gathering and vigorous prosecution.
Amid the allegations of bribery that rocked the Court of Appeals recently, Malacaņang has maintained a distance allowing a separate co-equal branch of government to resolve the case.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sergio Apostol however said, that the bribery allegations between Court of Appeals Justice Jose Sabio Jr. and businessman Francis de Borja in connection with the case of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) were a "wake up call for everybody, for government officials, for the public as well as to be aware of what we can do to help curb corruption." (PIA La Union) [top]