DND wants revalidation of TI’s corruption report

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense wants a revalidation of a report by UK-based Transparency International that put the country’s defense sector in a “very high” risk of corruption.

In the report, the Philippines was placed in Band E, or “very high” risk, along with Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

DND spokesman Dr. Peter Paul Galvez on Wednesday said they were not told of the study and was not asked by the watchdog to verify the contents of the report.

He also expressed confidence that if the report would be validated, the Philippines can go to Band B, or “low risk” of corruption.

“Ang sama naman na nasa (It’s so disgusting we landed in) Band E… or very high risk when if this is revalidated, we are confident that we can go to Band B, along with the other countries … Anyway it’s part of their methodology, to revalidate, to validate their data…,” Galvez said.

Galvez questioned the basis of the study as no one from Transparency International contacted the DND to verify its data.

“I think that’s one of the key issues here with regards this survey…Our process is very transparent,” he told reporters at a press briefing.

But while the DND does not agree with the report, it said it is taking it seriously to examine their practices.

“While we are saying that we do not necessarily agree with the contents of the report, we think there should be reason for us to re-examine our stance, our procurement, etc.,” DND Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Installations and Logistics Patrick Velez told reporters in the same briefing.

“Remember that our efforts are continuing, so we are taking it seriously and taking these things as part of the process of the transparency thing.”

Velez assured all countries that the department is committed to implementing transparency and accountability measures.

“…Even in the existence of reports like this, it is high time for us to make that statement and that assurance that we are undertaking all procurement processes under the scrutiny of the public, the press and everybody else,” he said.

“We assure you there will be no hanky-panky in so far as procurement in the defense department is concerned.”

The Transparency International studied 82 countries in terms of size of military, arms trade and size of the security sector.

It claimed that political corruption in the Philippines is most prevalent due to lack of transparency and weak oversight by Congress.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Tanungin ninyo si ex gen Carlos Garcia!

  • mekeni62

    Galvez was questioning why no one from Transparency International asked the DND to verify the reports. What for?  para i-deny niyo lang. Andiyan na ang report now it’s up to your department to verify and do some investigations. As you are claiming that your department is committed to transparency and accountability,then prove it to the world now. The ball is in your hands.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    dba obvious? majority ng pinoy alam na corrupt kayo tapos dnyo pa rin alam? wow! how dense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    oh really DND, how transparent and accountable have you really got?…show it to us ordinary taxpayers….

  • johnlordphilip

    TI doesn’t even have to spell it out… everyone knows, except maybe people from the DND. 

    • WeAry_Bat

       Hahaha at kaya iniwasan mag-contact ng TI sa DND para walang siguro, walang coverup.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

    aba in denial pa si galvez ha!!!!!!

  • Juan Pablo Belardo

    kaya d na kau mgtaka kung prng kuhol modernization ng AFP natin sa dami ng daanan before ma approved ang 1 project….habang gumagawa na ng Missile ang mga kapitbahay nating ASEAN tau kwetis plng supot pa!!!….DND gising!!!!bagalan nyo pa pra apakan na tayo tuluyan ng Tsina….

  • XY ZEE

    Masakit ba ang katotohanan?

  • ThudOthwacker

    LOL When America offered us F-16. What did we do? We bought Italian toy planes. Remember the Moscow Interpol Euro scandal? The wives are holding on the purse. 

    And now, some geniuses in AFP suggested we buy another trainer jets from South Korea. Imagine T-50 versus J 10. Are you kidding me! 

  • observer1356

    Dr. Galvez:

    A key point where to start is ex-Gen Garcia… then go both ways – backward and forward- from that key point…

    You’ll discover (if you would later admit) that the Philippines might be even grouped lower than Band E, if there’s such a grouping, whatever that may be.

    Thank Transparency International for their report – because without it, the disease of corruption in the bureaucracy and the Philippines society’s complacency, would have not been broken and could continue further down the generations.

    Then, thank yourselves, when you are able to do something on re-validating the TI report and using it as a guide to start taking concrete actions in eliminating corrupt government practices, starting within the DND.

  • disqusted0fu

    There are no excuses for this one. Why does TI need to validate their report from DND when they know that they will just give them lies and excuses?

    Just the bogus gun deal for the PNP alone wherein KKK Rico Puno is allegedly involved, who has not faced any investigation or charges whatsoever says a lot about corruption and transparency in our Defense Department, and in our government in general.

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