According to a report by the Manila-based Pacific
Strategies and Assessments: “Hiding under the cloak of ‘basic human rights,’ a number of defendants have
sought shelter from hospitals or cited medical excuses to delay investigations or prolong court hearings.” …
“While this tactic is
not entirely new and has been practiced in other parts of the world,’ PSA said in its Aug. 22 report, “the Philippines
is replete with examples of how the influential are exploiting health-related excuses to circumvent justice.”
…“A number of other cases have been languishing in the courts because of apparent medical continuances,”
the report continues.
Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo can
be charged in court and probably hauled to jail for tax evasion, the head of the Senate’s anti-graft body today said.
Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon
Committee, said in a television interview that Iggy Arroyo may be charged with tax evasion based on the testimony of his alleged
bookkeeper Rowena del Rosario.
Del Rosario told the committee’s hearing yesterday that the
Arroyo-owned company LTA Inc. leased the Robinson Raven helicopters, which the congressman earlier said was owned by Archibald
Po’s Lionair Inc., not his brother, former first gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo.
Guingona said that based on Del Rosario’s testimony, the
LTA Inc. paid P18 million, in cash, from 2004 to 2011 for the maintenance of five Robinson Raven helicopters.
“All cash. No documentation. They operate like drug lords...
Obviously he has no tax payment for that. I don’t know how you can go away with that...
Aside from tax evasion, Guingona said that Iggy Arroyo and his
brother, Mike, can also be charged with perjury and graft.
He said the Arroyos are liable for perjury for submitting a bogus
lease agreement and for making false claims on the PNP choppers deal scam.
“Anti-graft... When you fool the government and you fool
the people of the Philippines, when you enter into a contract which is manifestly unjust to the government, then you go to
jail,” he said.
Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio
“Iggy” Arroyo copied the signature of “Jose Pidal” right inside the Philippine National Police Crime
Laboratory and later submitted his signature specimen in 2003 to the Senate blue ribbon committee to save his elder brother,
Retired Chief Supt. Restituto Mosqueda on Monday made this testimony
at a Senate inquiry into the sale of used helicopters passed off as brand-new to the PNP. Mike allegedly owned the choppers...
Lacson, who exposed the Jose Pidal accounts, said in a privilege
speech eight years ago that Mike, husband of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, used the secret accounts for money laundering.
The senator accused Mike of amassing more than P200 million from
campaign contributions for his wife and putting the money in the accounts.
The Philippine Public Transparency
Reporting Project and website aim to put under the public spotlight important issues such as control and management
of the nation’s public wealth (click below to read full articles)
Legislative War Declared On Abusive GOCCs –
Will It Succeed?
MagDegamo Ta: Legitimate Program or Political Profiteering?
Can the Aquino Government Fully Cap Abusive Spending
by Government Officials?
(Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management)
Series:Research in Public, Policy Analysis and Management| Publication Date:July 21, 2011
is a serious problem in many Asian countries their governments have introduced many anti-corruption measures since the 1950s.
This book analyzes and evaluates the anti-corruption strategies employed in Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia,
the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. These countries are selected because they represent the three
major patterns of corruption control with Japan adopting Pattern 1 (anti-corruption laws without any anti-corruption agency
[ACA]); India, the Philippines and Taiwan employing Pattern 2 (anti-corruption laws with multiple ACAs); and, Singapore, Hong
Kong SAR, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, and Mongolia belonging to Pattern 3 (anti-corruption laws with a single ACA).
Among the ten countries only Singapore and Hong Kong SAR have succeeded in minimizing corruption because of the commitment
of their political leaders in curbing corruption, their favorable policy contexts, and the impartial implementation of effective
anti-corruption measures. On the other hand, the other eight Asian countries have failed to curb corruption because of the
lack of political will, their unfavorable policy contexts, and their reliance on ineffective anti-corruption measures. (Click
on book cover above to read more)
The Commission on Audit has another horror story to tell about
that unlucky place called Maguindanao. COA Chair Grace Pulido Tan told the appropriations committee of the House of Representatives
last week that some P1.6 billion in government funds appeared to have vanished, between January 2008 and September 2009, with
hardly a trace. During that period, P873.4 million was released to fund 99 projects, but government auditors were able to
validate only P31.5 million worth of projects, leaving P842 million unaccounted for. At the same time, the provincial government
recorded 1,441 transactions with 31 suppliers, worth a total of P810 million. One supplier denied having entered into any
transaction with the government. The 30 others, who were paid out of cash advances, were found to be either operating without
business permits or to have given addresses that could not be located by the auditors. Tan described these projects and transactions
as “fictitious.” Andal Ampatuan Sr. was the provincial governor at the time...
Many other unethical and dishonest practices are set out in some
detail in the four-volume COA report. But what sticks out most prominently was how the Ampatuans and their cohorts in the
ARMM, and especially in their home province, operated outside any government accounting rules concerning the use of public
funds. But then given how they helped then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to secure the election results she wanted, they
must have helped themselves to government resources with nothing less than a sense of entitlement.
It is hardly surprising then that they were able to build such
a vast wealth that allowed them to construct two dozen mansions and maintain a well-armed private army that few dared to cross.
Neither is it surprising that when they felt that their hold on power over their turf was being challenged, the Ampatuans
struck down without compunction their political enemies and anyone who came between them.
Call it the logic of impunity. In their cold-blooded calculations,
the Ampatuans probably figured that if they could squander or steal billions in public funds, they just as easily could steal
lives. If they could get away with plunder, why couldn’t they get away with murder? -- Inquirer Editorial
We, the leaders of the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, commend
and laud the Senate blue ribbon committee led by its chair, Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, for investigating
the anomalies of the past administration.
We strongly believe that for our country to move forward in the proper direction, accountability
to the Filipino people must be upheld by all government officials. Without this basic tenet of good governance, the culture
of impunity and shameless corruption will continue to pervade throughout our government, leading to more poverty for our countrymen.
The previous cases investigated by the blue ribbon committee such as illegal gambling (jueteng),
the dubious plea bargain agreement between Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, the anomalous transactions
of the former officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and the purchase of second-hand helicopters marked as
brand-new by the Philippine National Police allegedly from former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo are stumbling blocks
on President Aquino’s “tuwid na daan” and should therefore not be left unresolved.
We commend Senator Guingona and the blue ribbon committee for tirelessly seeking to find the
truth behind these numerous allegations. We hope that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and the Department of Justice led
by Secretary Leila de Lima would take the necessary and appropriate action against those found at fault.
We call on every Filipino to not be discouraged by the slew of anomalies being brought to light
at this time. It is when good people leave the fight that evil prevails. Let us show them that the Filipinos are united in
our fight against corruption and we would not rest until the perpetrators are brought to justice.
—GRACE PADACA, former governor, Isabela; JESSE ROBREDO, secretary, Department of Interior
and Local Government; AMONG ED PANLILIO, former governor, Pampanga; BOLET BANAL, representative, Quezon City; KAKA
BAG-AO, representative, Akbayan; TEDDY BAGUILAT JR., representative, Ifugao; NERIC ACOSTA, former representative, Bukidnon; SONIA
LORENZO, former mayor, San Isidro, Nueva Ecija; ROQUE VERZOSA JR., mayor, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur; FLORANTE GERDAN, former
mayor, Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya; CECILIA CLARE REYES, mayor, Alicia, Isabela; MARIVIC BELENA, mayor, San Jose City, Nueva
Ecija; GLORIA CONGCO, mayor, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija; VALENTE YAP, mayor, Bindoy, Negros Oriental; SHIRLYN MACASARTE,
board member, North Cotabato; JANAREE DISOMIMBA, former mayor, Tamparan, Lanao del Sur; MABEL SUNGA-ACOSTA, former councilor,
Davao City; FERMIN MABULO, former mayor, San Fernando, Camarines Sur; FRANCIS TINIO, former councilor, Binalonan, Pangasinan
A recent study by the Economist Intelligence Unit highlighted a sobering
reality: corporate fraud affected 90% of businesses operating in Southeast Asia and 98% of firms operating in China last year.
A similar study commissioned by the accountancy KPMG found that fraud cases affecting multinational companies in Asia resulted
in an average loss of US$1.4 million and 16% of cases involved organized collusion lasting 10 years or more. As corporations
continue to grow beyond traditional borders, fraud management strategies will become an increasingly relevant business advantage...
One reason corporate fraud is more common in Asia than in other parts of the
world is the sheer velocity of economic growth throughout the region, wherein business development and expanding markets outpace
that ability to install internal controls and meaningful organizational accountability. The intertwining
of the personal with the professional tends to be more prevalent in Asia as well.
MAP strongly believes that the Freedom
of Information (FOI) Law and the Whistleblowers Protection Act should have been part of the priority bills of the Aquino Administration.
For a more proactive anti-corruption
vehicle, we encourage the Aquino Administration to certify the FOI bill and the Whistleblowers Protection Act as urgent; and
we urge Congress to immediately enact the FOI Law to give the access to information heretofore hidden from public scrutiny, and the Whistleblowers Protection Act
to provide the necessary protection for truth-tellers and whistle-blowers.
1st INTEGRITY SUMMIT
Cultivating a Culture of Integrity
14 September 2011, Marriott Hotel Manila
With Keynote Speaker
H.E. Benigno Aquino III
President, Republic of the Philippines
Participation is exclusive to companies and organizations that signed the Integrity Pledge.
With the goal of creating fair and competitive market conditions, the 1st Integrity Summit
brings together local and global corporate leaders, anti-corruption experts, and senior government officials to present global
trends in ethics compliance programs, as well as concrete ways to strengthen ethical business practices in the Philippines.
As the Summit’s highlight, the private sector will launch the Unified Code of Conduct
for business in the presence of President Benigno Aquino III.
The Summit is organized by the Integrity Initiative – a nationwide, private sector
led campaign that institutionalizes common ethical standards among various sectors of society. The Initiative is implemented
by the Makati Business Club (MBC) and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), in partnership with the
Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham), and the Asian Institute of Management-Hills
Governance Center (AIM).
The venue can only accommodate 500 participants. Registration is on a “first come-first
served basis.” Each company/organization can send two representatives.
SHINE aims to initiate a “Collective Action” among ethical foreign and local business
enterprises that are craving for the creation of fair market conditions for all market participants and willing to engage
themselves in a business culture-changing process that will revolutionize how companies do business with government and with
Specifically, SHINE will:
Identify the key concerns/problems affecting the private sector related to integrity and transparency
in business transactions;
Develop a unified “Business Code of Conduct” acceptable to the local business entities;
Create and “Industry Integrity Pact” which provides key measures and control activities
intended to ensure transparency and integrity in business transactions. Signatories to the pact commit to the performance
of these measures and controls;
Develop an audit and certification program (including training programs for advisers and auditors)
that will offer tools for enterprises to introduce and implement ethical practices in their business processes; and
Institutionalize the whole process to promote sustainability of the integrity initiative.
The target groups of the initiative are business support organizations/chambers that are promoting
transparency and ethical business practices, and foreign and local enterprises that have an interest in promoting ethical
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