Senate OKs Dec. 9 as day vs corruption


Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Senate has rallied behind President Benigno Aquino III’s declaration last month designating Dec. 9 as National Anti-Corruption Day, noting that it too was engaged in curbing corruption in government.

Senators last week adopted Resolution No. 135, authored by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, which said it was the sense of the Senate to support Mr. Aquino’s Proclamation No. 506 on the observance of an anticorruption day.

The President’s declaration, dated Nov. 16, 2012, took note of the signing of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on Dec. 9, 2003, by 140 countries, including the Philippines.

The convention was meant “to promote and strengthen measures that will prevent and combat corruption more efficiently and effectively as well as enhance integrity, accountability and proper management of public affairs and public property.”

The Senate resolution said, “In order to raise awareness of the evils of corruption and of the role of the convention in combating and preventing it, the general assembly designated Dec. 9 as ‘International Anti-Corruption Day.’

“As the country commemorates the signing of the international accord against corruption, this chamber reaffirms its commitment to work hand in hand with the government and society in the campaign to eliminate corruption.”

According to the resolution, the Senate concurred in the ratification of the UNCAC on Nov. 6, 2006, “mindful of the constitutional mandate that public office is a public trust and the nation’s efforts to curb and fight corruption in government and society.”

It also said that the Senate had introduced anticorruption measures “to implement several provisions of the convention.”

Among them are Senate Bill No. 2860 under Committee Report No. 47, otherwise known as the “Whistleblower Protection Act of 2011,” now pending on second reading.

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  • AnastacioMamaril

    What happens after Dec. 9? Back to corruption again? Charade!!!

    • chingnarciso

      Same music,same dance..What a joke…

  • $14334231

    they make the law…but they also know the loopholes…….

  • cane-juice

    What’s the significance/purpose/use of celebrating “Anti-Corruption Day” when corruption itself, is seemingly rampant in the very halls of congress…?

  • JudgeJuanDeLaCruz

    Hahahaha! Look who’s talking!! Enrile? Hahahaha!

  • VicenteBoticol

    Is Senator Enrile joking? Alam naman ng Buong bansa kung saan galing ang yaman ng pamilya Enrile na isa sa pinaka mayaman sa Pinas ! Bwa ha ha ha ! Corruption? Look who’s talking !

  • Rolly257

    Enrile’s aim missed the target.

  • Joe Umali

    Wow, I can hardly believe that it is happening.  Sen. Enrile sponsoring Resolution No. 135 in support of Pres. Pnoy’s Proclamation No.506 declaring Dec. 8 as observance of Anticorruption Day. This is short of being a miracle:  A protege’ and accomplice of the corrupt Marcos dictatorship?  A man during whose stewardship of Cagayan lost its forests due to illegal logging?  And as Senator who was actively “soliciting” contributions supposedly for the Nationalista Party from respondents of his investigations in “aid of legislation”?  Aw, come on!

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    The signing of the UN Convention Against Corruption on December 9 has no special significance in our people’s cry to have the corrupt in government get their just desserts.

    Hence, making December 9 as our “National Anti-Corruption Day” has little or no memory punch to it at all.   August 18, the day DILG Sec. Robredo died, would have been more salient and meaningful.  Or May 29, the day CJ Corona was booted out of the Supreme Court.  Or even February 8, the day Gen. Reyes put a bullet through his heart. 

    But I think that December 9 has still the potential to make itself an excellent choice, considering the recent death and devastation in the wake of Typhoon Pablo and how it relates to a continuing impunity which has forever scarred this great nation.  Yes, Pablo reminds me of Juan.   December 9 is an excellent choice indeed. That is, if before the end of the day, Mr. Sen. President Enrile hangs himself from a tree.  Preferably, a Philippine mahogany.
    – – – –

    December 9, 2012. 9:10 a.m. / 14 hours, 50 minutes, and counting.

    • buttones

      Philippine mahogany? If he can find one left standing…..


    HA HA HA……paano na yan….araw na ba yan na bee-bee-tay-in na ang pinaka-korap na pulitekero-JPE?

    Ano ang na sa isipan ni JPE nang sinusugan nya ang araw na ito na anti-corruption day….hara-kiri? O, filicide?

  • boybakal

    Senate OKs Dec. 9 as day vs corruption…This is good.
    But who are the roots of corruption….of course, our politicians, our government.
    There is no corruption in private sector.
    Maybe the purpose is…Tablan man lang ng hiya ang ating mga politiko.
    Patama sa kanila ang Day vs Corruption.

  • $20733759

    Give the man a chance to prove himself. Sabi nga, better late than never. Who knows, the man might have seen what righteousness is even at this late stage in his life.

  • Ommm

    There must be something very wrong when a country thats 90% catholic has to have an anti corruption day…. of course the Mafia is exclusively catholic  isn’t it…..

  • Mark

    Pass the FOI Bill now!!

  • PinoyDude

    This article is a big joke…. you guys want to minimise corruption do the following:

    1. Pass the anti-political dynasty law

    2. Certify as urgent and sign into law FOI

    3. Slap a hefty fine on politicians who post their names funded by tax payer’s money

  • jeff

    JPE as senate president should do more to fight corruption by exposing the
    big time kurakots in the government just like what senators osmena and
    lacson are doing. Wishfully all other senators should also do the same.

  • GlenMJacob

    So what if there is a day designated to commemorate anti-corruption if there is no one implementing the law !. Why don’ t you guys work to pass the FOI and let the media and people cleans the corrupt in government.

    • disqusted0fu

       my sentiments exactly! just like the president, the senate president is all talk and no show. we cant rely on their words alone that they will be working on stopping corruption, they could be the ones doing it themselves. FOI bill is a must… but it must be why they are trying to kill it.

  • LegalJustice

    Rhetoric and Speeches and Commemoration won’t help fight the corruption.

    We still need a BIG FISH to be put to jail as a start.

    These need to be put into law:

    1. FOI
    2. Anti Dynasty Law
    3. Freeze those Bank Account right-away once it has a probable cause and tax evasion violator.
    4. No special treatment regardless you are former President – Everyone is equal under the law.
    5. No wheelchair gimmick – straight to the prison cell.

    6. Cannot run a political office – once convicted – no exception.

  • Horst Manure

    Roll out the pork barrel we’ll have a pork barrel of fun…what time does the A/corruption day start and stop.???

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  • batangsulpok

    Ano ito, si Enrile ang pasimuno ng anti-corruption ay siya ang numero unong kurakot?

  • biancajbbea

    38 thousand pesos monthly salary of senators, 2 million pesos allowance, 30% kickback of 200 million pesos pork barrel per year!…..mga bwisit kayong mga politiko tigilan ninyo kaming mga karaniyang tao!!

  • sam_aquino

    “The Senate has rallied behind President Benigno Aquino III’s declaration
    last month designating Dec. 9 as National Anti-Corruption Day, noting
    that it too was engaged in curbing corruption in government.”

    the only way to prevent corruption in congress is when they all stop getting their “pork”…  anything less, is just “lip service”… 

    coming from the senate (AMALAYER) president, all the more reason NOT to believe…

  • ever green

    bakit 1 day lang….gawing 365 days !!!!

    • niap kcen

      tinawag lang ang araw: “anticorruption day”, pero wala naman mangyayaring significant sa araw na yon liban lang sa ‘ngalan’.. at lahat ng araw sa buong taon kilalanin nilang  “corruption day”.. yon lang ang ibig sabihin nyan.. ‘wag na tayong umasa.. 

  • disqusted0fu

    its so relieving to know that corruption in this Aquino government will stop for at least one day.

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