Aquino’s pursuit of good governance is its major achievement, says Drilon


Senator Franklin Drilon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Franklin Drilon on Tuesday lauded the Aquino administration for pursuing good governance during his first years in office saying that this has been a major achievement of this government.

The statement came ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s third State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.

“Firstly I think the review of the president’s first 2 years of his performance would really indicate a serious pursuit of the policy of cleaning up, of good governance, and to me that is the key for many of the achievements for the past 2 years,” Drilon said in a briefing.

When asked if President Aquino should include the impeachment of former Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona as part of his administration’s achievements in his speech on Monday, Drilon said yes.

“As part of good governance, yes, but the impeachment principally was a legislative function although the president has made clear his position that he supported the impeachment,” Drilon said.

He noted the Aquino administration’s campaign for good governance has improved confidence of investors in our economy.

“The confidence, for example, of the investors is principally based on the fact that the president has not interfered with any business transactions. And the confidence of the investor is very critical for us to expand our economy,” Drilon said.

He added good governance is important in strengthening the trust and confidence of the Filipinos in the government.

“I would like to see the president layout programs along these lines, along these platforms that brought him to the presidency, and people I think will be looking forward to policies in pursuit of this program of government,” Drilon said.

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  • shinobujan

    Precisely,and the Filipino citizens all over does not need a ChaCha that those Trapos were rousing.

  • Pitbulldog

    Really? Just to pursue good governance is already a major achievement?  Iyan naman talaga gawa ng tamad na yan, puro na lang pursue ng pursue kaso walang ma-achieve.  Engot.

    • pilipino

      Tama ka kuya, trabaho nga ng isang engot ang magkamit ng 8 credit rating upgrades for the country in just 2 years in the Presidency, ang mahikayat ang foreign investors that drove our PSE index to all-time highs.

      Read the IMF and WB economic reports if you think these are mere fabrications of PNoy’s puppets in our local media.

      Engot nga rin ang makapagpabili ng 2 additional navy ships (2nd hand though), 8 new military helicopters, and realize greater tax collection without imposing new taxes, building almost half of the total classroom shortage in barely 2 years in office.

      Di ito nagawa ni Gloria in 9 years, to think na professor pa yun ng economics sa Ateneo.

      Other highly successful individuals were also called crazy, the likes of Galileo, Einstein, Newton, etc pero araw-araw nating pinapakinabangan ang bunga ng kanilang minsan pagiging engot. In fact Galileo was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church dahil sa kanyang kaengotan.

      Pero sigurado akong di ka Engot kuya. Ok lang yun.

  • pilipino

    I don’t like the idea of bringing up the successful removal of TJ Corona from office via impeachment in PNoy’s SONA, masyadong double-kill na yun.

    Better concentrate on the economic and fiscal achievements and the reforms brought about by PNoy’s good governance policy, and of what’s ahead of us in terms of quality competitive education, retooling and skills enhancement for our poor population other than financial dole-outs kasi ang taong mangmang kahit bigyan mo ng P5T or P500T na pampuhunan, it will make no difference to him, uubusin lang yan sa walang kwentang mga bagay, maliban na lang kung natuto na siyang magnegosyo, pero paano magnegosyo kung di marunong magsulat, magbasa at mag-arithmetic? Di lang ang bituka ang dapat busugin, dapat sabay na binubusog ang isipan.

    TESDA is doing good, but I would really like to push government to raise at least 10% of our population to become entrepreneurs in the next 2 years, that’s around 10 million new entrepinoys! And this should start from what these people love doing most that can help solve the needs and problems of others in their community. Then reinforce that to become an income generator.

  • Jon

    “I would like to see the president layout programs along these lines,
    along these platforms that brought him to the presidency, and people I
    think will be looking forward to policies in pursuit of this program of
    government,” Drilon said.

    So would I.
    Because over the span of the past two years, we haven’t seen much from his administration.
    No development, no progress; just politics and the horse trading that comes with it. 

  • Panotcha

    Not an achievement if you’re still around Frank

  • Cal_Reznick

    Mr. Drilon the Senator who accused the former CJ of corruption and challenged the former CJ that if he has nothing to hide, to open his bank accounts. The second half of that story is that the former CJ accepted that challenge and said he has nothing to hide and therefore opened his bank accounts. The extra part of that story is that the former CJ then challenged Mr. Drilon to also open his bank accounts if he too has nothing to hide.

    The ending, Mr.Drilon did not accept his own challenge and therefore did not open his bank accounts.

    So the moral of that story or the point is…it is really hard to believe what Mr. Drilon is saying is actually true.

    Well…jailing the former President and ousting the former CJ may be considered a personal achievement but to say that it is a major accomplishment for the Philippines is a way too far stretch. These achievement have not improved national education nor has it bettered the lack of adequate housing problem nor has it created one new jobnor has it cleaned polluted infested waterways and water systems etc etc etc…

    Nice try Mr. Drilon…you might trick a couple but not all.

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