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Ombudsman asks Apec private sector to help curb corruption

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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. SENATE POOL PHOTO

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Thursday challenged the private sector from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) member-economies to help curb bribery and fraud in their enterprise in order to attain a corruption-free business climate in the region.

Addressing the start of the two-day “Forum on the Implementation of the Apec Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct for Business” in Makati City, Morales said that business must put principles ahead of profit to truly enjoy the blessings of a robust economy.

She said business must also be a social enterprise that revolves around a platform of social change, starting with a “non-negotiable policy” of not tolerating bribery in any form.

“Profit is not the only bottom line. Pecuniary interest and public interest—what used to be considered as incompatible principles—go side by side in a social enterprise,” the Ombudsman said.

Marriage of both worlds

 

“In a way, it is the marriage of both worlds—the sometimes opposing but powerful concepts of (company) profitability and social mission—as it draws upon the best thinking in both the business and nonprofit worlds to develop strategies that maximize their social impact. Yes, it is possible,” she stressed.

Morales said eliminating bribery, along with red tape, can get budding business ventures started and keep thriving businesses afloat, while good governance can lead to inclusive growth, more jobs, poverty reduction and eventually, greater prosperity for people within the region.

She echoed the opinion of Austrian satirist Karl Kraus who said that corruption is worse than prostitution, for the latter might endanger the morals of an individual while the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.

She said that business reform has been the latest buzzword in the corporate world, following the rounds of economic downturn and exposes of corporate fraud, such as the allegations of fraudulent transactions hurled against corporate giants like Enron, Madoff and Goldman Sachs, among others.

She noted that the government’s regulatory arms have started to put emphasis on corporate social responsibility and corporate governance, while business schools have added more business ethics courses or electives.

Likewise, people have been searching for alternative ways of doing business while stakeholders are studying initiatives on how to mitigate the risk of doing business with companies strongly suspected or known to be corrupt, she said.

Morales also focused on the basic tenets of fair play such an honest and fair assessment of the qualifications of industry actors vis-a-vis the scale of the project to be given in the field of procurement.


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  • belairskycrapper

     … honesty and anti-corruption , best of both words and a portrait of success, i have
         nothing but good words for you ms ombudsman carpio-morales. kindly keep up the
         good works……

    • Avery_23

      shill of the ombudsman, IC.

      • rey0827

        sana kunin ni lord mga corrupt katulad mo mercy or renato.  si avery solco resulta ng mga corrupt na tao

      • Avery_23

        Yo MOFO! I am not Mercy or Reato. Who are those!?!?!?1
        I am Avery Solco!

      • CheapJ

        Pokpok!

      • Avery_23

        What does that mean?

      • Avery_23

        And I am not corrupt, mother flower! I do not work for the government! 

      • Avery_23

        I am not corrupt. I do not work for the government! How much do you get paid to write these lies?

  • hatecorrupt

    ummnnnnn…..KEEP IT UP!

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    This is the reason why she is the Number 1 Nemesis of the GMA Umbrella Corporation. She always oppose the T-virus muddy executive orders the Resident Evil wants to pass. Now that the Red Queen is strapped within the neck, She will have to face the final RETRIBUTION!!…Get them all!!…Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales

    • Avery_23

      she is very corrupt.

  • Avery_23

    The first thing that corrupt b-iatch should do is resign as ombudsman! She is extremely corrupt! I have proof. If anyone is interested they may photocopy over 100 pages of my file.

    • wawangpenoy

      Alin sa dalawa, ikaw si Mercy o si Renato

      • Avery_23

        Neither. My name’s written clearly! Dumas!

      • rey0827

        si renatomers iyan, mga pakawala ng mga grafters

      • Avery_23

        Who are you calling Renatomer? Me or wawangpenoy?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNNL6TWR667PRJVXASRYTHT66Q James

      Are you talking about GMA? yeah GMA should resign at dapat makulong!

      • Avery_23

        Go ahead with GMA. Imprison her. She is a thief, but so is Concheata! My current beef is with concheata!

  • Avery_23

    I hope she dies!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNNL6TWR667PRJVXASRYTHT66Q James

      It’s better if you die first than Ombudsman Carpio. Bayaran ka eh! 

      • Avery_23

        Go die james! Who is paying you to post this? Concheata?

  • Avery_23

    People! Think about it! The Philippines is very corrupt, many people are complaining at the Office of the Ombudsman, yet very little to none prosper. Why? Because the head of that office, Concheata Capro-noMorales is a thieving corrupt politician! Nothing else!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNNL6TWR667PRJVXASRYTHT66Q James

      Ikaw yata ang corrupt A.K.A “Avery Solco”. Who’s complaining again? I think only a few of you are complaining! Syempre pag corrupt mag co-complain talaga!

      • Avery_23

        Yo “James” I am not corrupt! I do not work for the government!

    • CheapJ

      Where were you when Gutierrez was the Ombudsman?

      • Avery_23

        I was abroad. Why?

      • CheapJ

        Did you ever say a word against Gutierrez or you just kept quiet? Even if you were abroad, you still have access to this forum right?

      • Avery_23

        Never went to this forum. And what has this got to do with Gutierrez? I do nto have any evidence against her. But I have against Concheata.

  • rey0827

    AVERY SOLCO AY PAKAWALA NI GMA.  

  • Avery_23

    Why are there so many shills of Concheata and PNOY here. How much do they get paid? And why are they accusing me of being someone I am not – GMA, Renato, Mercy and whoever/whatever.

  • Avery_23

    Rey0827 ay pakawala ni Concheata at PNOY! Go die mof!

  • CheapJ

    Avery Solco – If you have evidence against the Ombudsman, just approach the opposition in Congress and have her impeached. If not, go f_ck yourself.

    • Avery_23

      I do! The opposition is not strong enough, I think. Besides, I don’t like GMA’s camp. I don’t trust them. They are free to copy my files of over 100 pages though, and so are you. So, would you like to photocopy them? If not, then ti means you are nto really seeking the truth, but just a shill of Concheata or Pnoy. If so,then go f_ck yourself and die!

      • CheapJ

        Nothing will happen then if you don’t want to make the move. Hanggang salita ka lang pala. Why not approach the media if you don’t trust the opposition?

      • Avery_23

        CheapJ, the media is corrupt. How could you not know that? 
        Fine, if there are any honest people int he media, please contact me!

    • Avery_23

      And if anyone in the opposition wants it, pls contact me.

      • CheapJ

        You have to bring your so called evidence to them. Huwag mo silang hintayin kontakin ka kung talagang may malasakit ka sa bayan. Walk the talk.

      • Avery_23

        I do not know enough of Philippine politics. What if they claim to be someone they are not?

  • Avery_23

    If anyone in the opposition wants to copy my file of over 100 pages that has evidence of the corruption of the ombudsman, please contact me.

  • Avery_23

    So to all of those who called me a liar, when shall I expect you to come here and photocopy my file so you can write about it? It is only fair and descent that you do that after calling me a liar.



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