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Aquino warns unabated corruption breeds ‘corrupt’ leaders

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. AP

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III warned Filipinos on Thursday of another “corrupt” President and Chief Justice if the country would fail to address the problem of corruption.

Speaking at the 5th Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) in Pasay City, Aquino acknowledged that the “greatest challenge for any modern society” was how to “stem the corruption” that he said feasted on the moral fabric of society and institutions.

And corruption, Aquino said, could not be eliminated by just “sending a few erring officials to jail or by exposing a single faulty contract or by removing a single oppresive tyrant.”

He then cited as example the case  former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapag-Arroyo, who has been charged with plunder, and the ouster of Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was impeached for his alleged failure to truthfully declare his statement of assets, liabilities and networth.

“But while these cases have undeniable impact in our cultural milieu, without structural reform, another corrupt President might one day take the reins of power; another Chief Justice might one day again betray the public trust,” Aquino said.

The problem of corruption, he said, must thus be approached “strategically, always with the long-term in mind.”

“Reforms cannot be mere blips in the radar — they must usher in an enduring mainstream of good, honest governance,” he said.

“Only through legislation can the bedrock of inclusiveness and positive, meaningful change can be set.”

Aquino also took the opportunity to cite the successes that have been made by his administration in its effort to fight corruption in the country.

He cited for instance how the Department of Public Works and Highways managed to complete  a major infrastructure  project for only P430 million “by just following the right bidding” when it was originally estimated to cost the government P694 million.

He also noted the same steps being taken by other government agencies like the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Technical Educational Skills Development Authority and others, which he said, have established internal mechanisms or offices to police themselves, to respond to administrative complaints, and to make certain that they were fulfilling their mandate in an efficient manner.

Aquino also noted how the Department of Budget and Management has been taking extra care of taxpayers’s money, directing the disclosure of budget information on the websites of all national departments and agencies.

The Department of Interior and Local Government, he said, has also adopted a ” full disclosure” policy, requiring all local government units to disclose their financial activities.

“We are fully aware that in the coming years, we will continue to grind it out with elements in our respective societies who simply want to profit from the hard work of others–who want to establish, or maintain, an undeserved upper hand over the common citizen,” Aquino said.

“Today, we are forming a more cohesive force against corruption. And the more we share our ideas, the more we listen to one another–the sooner we will achieve our goal of eliminating corruption and reforming the system for the benefit of our peoples,” he added.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDAWMT3LIDHOCW7ZTSYXZEUQQ4 ghe

    Pls tweet #PassFOI for our cong to see. We need to pass it now for transparency and accountability.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    The speech of the President would have been complete if and only if the FOI bill is passed in time for the 5th GOPAC.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Ano ba ang corrupt?
    – appointing friends / party mates to key positions even when there are more qualified candidates
    – ” honest” govt personnel who turn a blind eye on corrupt practices/peers/superiors just to keep his job or stay alive.
    – govt personnel who do not do their level best and earn their pay by providing the best service possible to the public. Cannot even commit 8 hours of real work a day.
    – govt officials sporting official car plates on their luxury vehicles to remind us all who they are and who we are.

    Marami pa. Some symptoms are so obvious. You don’t need to be a psychic.
    – malaki ang tyan, babaero, mahilig sa material at status symbols, makasarili, tamad…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7W7IOOVSMXPI4IM4SMGC47FS7I larry

    agree! the problem of corruption should be addressed strategically, and with structural reforms.  so almost 3 years after june 30, 2010, may I ask what are the structural reforms the Pres. deems necessary as already initiated and in the pipeline in order to solve this problem of corruption?

  • elpobre

    Para sa kuya ni Bam, FYI mataas na naman po ang ating rating, yeheheee, very high. Nabasa ko PH at very high risk of Defence Corruption. Life check sa mga commanders and government officials and family, yan dapat ang laging ibalita ni Pnoy, ohhh ito mga kababayan, na life check natin si Police inspector so one so, walang kahinahinala, very good, si AFP chief of staff, very clean. Ngayon ay magrereport po ako sa taong bayan ng Good News. 

  • Ari Putan

    Mr President, abolish PORK BARREL (PDAF) first…
    Remember… I’m your boss.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUPTS47VZP6O5O4ABVWTACXOQU Febien

      Boss Ariputan, di ko po pwedeng i abolish ang pork barrel yan ang pang blackmail ko pag ayaw sumunod ng mga sutil na senador at kongresman. Sori Ariputan at wag mong ipilit na tawagin kitang boss. BINOLA ko lang kayo noong sabihin kong kayo ang boss ko, bola lang yon!

  • Albert Einstien

    OROCAN POLITICS….me mga PALACE STICKER nga mga KOTSE ng SINDIKATO at jueteng lords e…lalayo pa kayo..nasa tabi-tabi lang sila….sumigaw kayo  ng KONTRATA pag me TUMINGIN ..sigurado na kurap  yun….ganon din pag sumigaw kayo ng SERBISYO..yung hindi lumingon KURAP ….yun…pag sumigaw ka din ng FOI…yung pinapawisan kahit aircon ….kurap yun…. KKK style…..lol

  • Ari Putan

    How can corrupt legislators legislate the anti-corruption


  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

    “Aquino warns unabated corruption breeds ‘corrupt’ leaders.”

    This title of the headline  is very wrong. 
    It should be: Aquino warns corrupt leaders breed unabated corruption.

    • ed_nique

      had the same thought too. apparently, the point he tackled in his speech really was what the title said.

      he pointed out that by having anti-corruption policies and guidelines, this will deter future leaders from being corrupt or deprive oppurtunities to commit corruption.

      am not sure i agree with this though. for me, a corrupt person, will try find a loophole wherein he can manipulate the system to his advantage. but a person who is honest will turn his back on corruption even if there is a way for him to get away with it.

      take the case of the MOOE. the GAA allows for a certification to liquidate the disbursement. a corrupt person can disburse his MOOE citing expenses for consultation/dialogue with so and so group to arrive at legislation for such and such purpose. but in realilty, he used the funds for a non-official purpose. he may ask a friend who is with the so and so group to certifiy that the consultation/dialogue did take place and he can then liquidate his disbursement. an honest politician will not do this. even if what he will use the funds for good, like giving to calamity victims since this is not one of the allowed expense in the MOOE.

  • GreenChickenDown


  • Pert Cabatana

    quite ironically Enrile also spoke in this same gathering before Pnoy. Then in another news item, Enrile in his characteristic poker face declared that he will not resign as Senate President because he has done nothing wrong. I say: Enrile has a defective conscience and a defective memory. His recently-published biography is full of falsehoods (refer to Yoly Ong). And the latest Senate MOOE scandal is just a tiny, tiny pimple in the entire cancer of which Enrile is metasthasizing agent.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    I agree with Pnoy. But his application of the law should not be selective.

    01. Posting bail for erring officials like Padaca and Acosta, which Pnoy did, will also result in undermining our justice system and unabated corruption.

    02. Turning a blind eye on Pagcor Chief Bong Naguiat’s misuse of Pagcor cars, receipt of lobby funds and enjoyment of lavish perks in Macau will also result in unabated corruption.

    03. Letting Miro Quimbo get away with his involvement in the Pag-ibig Fund / Globe Asiatique Scam will also result in unabated corruption.

    04. Not filing the necessary charges against former NFA head Lito Banayo, despite the Senate’s own investigation in 2012 confirming Banayo’s involvement in massive rice-smuggling, will only encourage unabated corruption.

    05. Going easy on friends like Rico Puno and Paquito Ochoa, who have repeatedly been involved in corruption controversies and jueteng massacre, is the clearest sign that unabated corruption was enabled by no less than President Aquino.

    Injustice somewhere is injustice everywhere. Enabling corruption somewhere is enabling corruption everywhere. Pnoy may not be corrupt, but he enabled his friends to be corrupt at the expense of the other 95 million ordinary taxpaying and law-abiding Filipinos. Yan po ang nakakagalit Mr. President.

    • Bonggebongge

      May punto ka….

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Kaso ayaw ni Pnoy madinig ang mga pagkakamali ng mga kaibigan niya. Kaya so Ochoa kayang-kaya siyang lokohin ng harap-harapan.

      • Bonggebongge

        Oo nga ..isang blind spot sa pamamalakad ng Presidente…very prone din pananamantala ng mga aalialigid sa malakanyan. Ang tanong ngayon pano ito ipapaalam sa pangulo? marahil ba na alam nya ang mga ito o talaga lang na nagbibingibingihan sya…wag naman sana…sana marealize nya ASAP na may mga gantong kaganapan…gaya ng mga napunto mo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUPTS47VZP6O5O4ABVWTACXOQU Febien

        Paano ipaaalam sa Pangulo ang nangyayaring corruption sa paligid nya! Bakitttttttt Pangulo ka pero di mo alam ang ginagawa ng nasa paligid mo? Pero alam mong bintangan ang mga kalaban mo? Walang corruption si Pres. Aquino? Angntagal na tumanggap ng pork barrel noong senador at kongresman sya. hehehe! May mga fetus pa rin pala. Walang alam sa kalakaran ng buhay Hoy! kayong mga fetus na nagsasabing walang corruption si.BS Aquino, dapat sa inyo INAAGAS!!!! MGA WALANG SILBI!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jtpenton Musta Na Mo

       weder-weder lang share ko sa fb ang comment mo…nice

      • Guest

        Sure, thanks po.

    • kawawang_bansa

      very well said…

      add to your list above: aquino’s use of the pork barrel to ensure that corona gets impeached

  • KappaPhiPhi

    if the solons are bribed with additional pork  just to pass contested bills. that is also corruption. and as to the dollar deposit of corona, ano na? wala pa rin. by using political clout just to hold back the hacienda land from the farmers for almost 50 years, isn’t that corruption too?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jtpenton Musta Na Mo

       personal na yan…it hurts me but it’s ok I still have 3 more yrs to earn billions.

  • billy gunner

    FOI settles it all. why can’t aquino focus on that? coz he himself and his minions are all corrupt. he’s just lucky that the media is in cahoots with his present administration by sowing misinformation. and the stupid LP will clap in unison coz they think they’re all immaculate! pweee!

  • mapicchu

    Mr. President, please scrap PDAF…ASAP. the people of the philippines are waiting for you to do this…remember your inauguration speech…”kayo ang boss ko”

    • billy gunner

       aquino is deaf on that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jtpenton Musta Na Mo

       paki ulit diko narinig am one of your presidents…

  • $37644997

    Our justice system is another thing,it takes too long to prosecute any one.The Ampatuans-when are they going to see a final judgement,the Arroyos and many others?

    • Horst Manure

      Its called Just US about as useful as an ash tray on a motor bike. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q5KEVR7UHMEK2PZ7XKJY5EDEFI Benjan

    How about the Congress & Senate… they are distributing hefty amount of Tax Payers Money for their own pocket are these figures can be scrutinized?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    He should have added “Being deaf, dumb and blind also allows friends and family get out of jail free cards to continue unabated corruption”

  • quirinomayer

    Blame it on Padre Damaso. He has been here for almost 500 years styling himself to be our only link to God and the only teacher of true religion and presuming to talk for God himself and the country is only getting more and more corrupt.  These inutile teachers of morality should be thrown into the sea and let the religions which could really change for the better the attitude and behavior of Filipinos take over. Then and only then could be control corruption in this country. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ver-Reyes/854724266 Ver Reyes

    All the more reason to  pass the FOI Bill Mr. President.
    “Only through legislation can the bedrock of inclusiveness and positive, meaningful change can be set.”

  • disqusted0fu

    As always, hit GMA and Corona, then brag about reforms and programs. That’s basically the gist of most, if not all of Pnoy’s speeches. What about tackling on Acosta’s warrant of arrest? Padaca’s graft charges? Puno’s involvement in jueteng and the infamous gun deal for the PNP? Or perhaps Llamas’ collection of guns and pirated DVDs? What about passing the FOI bill to put credibility on his said reforms and programs? What about those for a change?

  • themask celestial

    Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang. FOI bill sir ang kailangan

  • missaya


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

      Bro, ang FOI ng Congress ay nasa Congress pa rin. Ang Senate version ng FOI ay tapos na pero wala pa sa table ni PNoy.

      • missaya


      • ed_nique

        i believe that the procedure is both houses come up with their bills, go to bi-cam, enact the consolicated version then send it to the president for signature.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MLD4OKCRPD4PLQOEWMYBRELWG4 Cola


  • kawawang_bansa

    …and he, aquino, being a prime example of a corrupt leader!!!

  • XY ZEE

    Sino ba ang Pangulo nitong huling 3 taon?
    Katawa-tawa namang sisihin pa nya si Gloria para sa kawalanghiyaang naganap sa termino niya.
    At lalong kwela ang istorya na wala nang corrupt sa mga panahong ito.

  • $37644997

    Exposure of ghost projects,ghost agents,ghost corporation or businesses helps a lot and must be exposed in no time not after 5 years or so.


    as if this worthless president can brag something concrete achievements in terms of direct investments portfolios, multinational companies setting factories and other tangible foreign investments not the FINANCIAL AND STOCK MARKET BASIS OF HIS DEMENTED view that this poor country is moving upward??!! corruption is still prevalent and notorious to his protecting his KKK most especially the people in BOC, DAR, other government milking cow!! what can he bragged about CGMA of his convicting her IS HE REALLY OUT OF TOUCH IN REALITY,  when all the evidence against her are all concocted by his minions most especially the incredible sycophant OMBUDSWOMAN MORALES another worthless government officials use for harassing people against PNOY KNOWN ENEMIES!! PCSO, ZTE-NBN, ELECTORAL SABOTAGE all evidences are crumbling left and right  no hard evidence to pinpoint or pin down CGMA but thru delaying tactics of the government defense attorneys and judicial back lagging tactics or rescheduling of judicial hearings. what achievements did this worthless president got to prove when all he did was bribe the  TONGRESSMEN and SENATONGS by wading PORKBARRELS!! its the power of GREED and MONEY that rule this disgusting PNOY government!!!  

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

    Who is that ghost writer of PNoy who failed to include a topic on corruption at the Senate?

  • Neneveh Blanquisco


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUPTS47VZP6O5O4ABVWTACXOQU Febien

    Wala daw corruption si BS Aquino. Ang tagal na naging senador at kongresman, ang tagal na tumanggap ng pork barrel at wala namang naipagawang project sasabihing walang corruption? May mga fetus pa rin pala na walang muwang sa mundo! Hoy! kayong mga fetus kayo ay di dapat binubuhay ang dapat sa inyo ay INAAGAS!

  • GreenChickenDown


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  • camrez

    Yes, post all budgets of different departments and their projects online. Include also the salaries and allowances of all govt officials. And even the SALNs.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OLHP7TKAHADXWOJWBBPLTLLKNA Vincent

    “Aquino warns unabated corruption breeds ‘corrupt’ leaders.”

    Or: Corrupt leaders breed unabated corruption.

    What can we do? 
    We have three choices.

    a) Let’s kill all leaders so that corruption can’t breed them.
    b) Let’s kill all these corrupt leaders so that there won’t be unabated corruption.
    c) let us pray that an asteroid comes hurtling down to Earth and lands at the Senate building and House of Congress without obliterating anyone except the denizens of these structures.

    No matter which among the three comes to reality, our country will be finally free from corruption.

  • EhFilipino

    Nakalimutan nya banggitin ang CCT program nya under Dinky na ubod na daming kurakot! At yung sa BOC na missing 2000 container vans!

  • EhFilipino

    Si abnoy topak na puro dakdak
    Bintang kaso kay gma nawasak dahil testigo puro lang ngakngak
    Ebidensya hindi tumatak sa isip ng mga huwes na mauutak  
    Kaya dapat kay abnoy sinasapak dahil walang utak!

  • Your_King

    What Aquino talks about in his speech about strategical approach in ending corruption is basically everything he’s not doing. All he’s doing is attacking GMA with pointless cases that lack merit including her PCSO plunder case. That case already lacks any necessary evidence of plunder against GMA yet it was hastily forced through…even the very own Ombudsman special investigators found no evidence of plunder yet that conclusion was ignored and still plunder was forced. If Aquino is trying to end corruption then he is doing a terrible job because all he seems to be doing is persecuting his political nemesis in GMA. The Philippine remains corrupt as we’ve seen with the Atimonan 13 incident and even members of Aquino’s KKK seem to be corrupt but again nothing is being done except Aquino continuously attacking GMA.

  • ArawSol

    Poor GOPAC participants, they had to endure listening to the empty words of PNoy. WEF officials were wise not to invite him to speak at the plenary. No one cares about what Pnoy says.

  • doublecross

    si enrile ang corrupt!

  • andrew lim


  • Fayha

    e abolish PDAF nang Senador at Congressman.malamang manimize ang corruption. at saka isa batas na FOI bill.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ6M3EEK5LGN77YOMKJHBCXF7Q jeronimo

    ho hum….. corruption is still rampant, Arroyo still not convicted. So what’s his point??

  • ArawSol

    Pnoy forgot to mention that they had to bully congressmen into signing the impeachment complaint without reading it and how they dangled the pork barrel to the congressmen and senator-judges to vote Yes.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    This is now happening in your administration Mr. President. the rampant corruption.

  • GlenMJacob

    PNoy urge congress to pass the FOI bill and sign into law ! Let the people and media exposé and remove the corrupt government officials if your administration cannot do the job.

  • doublecross

    corrupt ang senado….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Atlason

    The problem is that just this Tuesday, UK’s Transparency International released its Corruption Perception Index 2012 and the Philippines was rated as among the most corrupt countries in the world and this is 2012 under the administration of Aquino. What say you Mr. Aquino?

  • Atlason

    Aquino has the gall to talk about corruption but it is his cronies/friends who are deep into corruption. If this talk of his is not hypocrisy, I don’t know what is. Just look at the report for 2012 of UK’s Transparency International, a very prestigious organization reporting on the corruption index in different countries in the world where the Philippines rated very low in the fight against corruption. 

  • tilney

    Yon mga naalisan ng hanapbuhay dahil kay Pnoy sagarin nyo ang inyo mga tirada..Kawawa nman kayo!! tsak tsak..Tama ang sabi ni Pnoy ..Govt has to set up the mechanism plus the efficiency in the bureacracy then increase govt employees salary to minimize corruptions in the public service

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Your boss wants you to pass the FOI bill, this has been your campaign promise. ignoring your boss demand is like a betrayal of public trust.

  • Atlason

    Aside from Aquino’s unfulfilled promise to support the FOI bill, there’s also the more glaring one which dovetails his supposed anti-corruption program, i.e., his promise in 2010 to open his bank account in the name of transparency. Suddenly, Aquino backed out from this promise to lay bare his bank account to the public, and most likely to hide his hidden wealth resulting from corruption within his administration. Aquino is also afraid of the FOI bill because it will expose the corruption committed by his KKK’s. Anti-corruption campaign? Pfffttt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003180925408 Soyti Smythe

    Noynoy appears to insunuate that charges against GMA have been proven. What happened to the presumption of innocence they invoke when their allies are charged with anomalies? He should stop referring to her cases which are still in courts….

    • leomar101

       Just a few hours ago 2 other newspapers  made their headline” Prosecutors:No more witnesses, no proof in GMA et al in plunder” The other one ” No proof of Arroyo in PCSO plunder”. bwhahaha. The rest of the  newspares ay no mention na lang baka magalit si budoy. Ano na mga yelos magdada  kayo  sabihin ninyo na hindi totoo ang balitang ito. bwahaha.

  • Atlason

    Aside from the presumption of innocence of GMA until proven guilty (which Aquino does not apply to his allies or the corrupt KKK’s – they are declared innocent even before trial or with not investigations at all), Aquino, by insinuating guilt of plunder in his speeches, is violating the law of subjudice and therefore the Sandiganbayan should censure/charge him for meddling in the affairs of the judicial branch of the government which is separate from Aquino’s executive branch.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Mr. President, you are correct that corruption could not be
    eliminated by just “sending a few erring officials to jail, etcetera.”
    However, would you tell me what is your reason for not abolishing the very
    source of government corruption…the PDAF or pork barrel of the Senators and
    Congressmen. According to one of the columnist of this paper, you can easily and
    lawfully abolish such great temptation to steal and rob the people’s money. I just
    want to know a much better reason for your not eliminating the pork barrel of
    the lawmakers. Even this constitutional body called COA can’t investigate and
    audit the Senators and Congressmen’s government expenditures in a professional,
    honest and fearless manner. By the way, did you promise to abolish the pork
    barrel when you campaigned for President?

  • beerhunters

    bwA-HA HA HA HA AHA!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • No Mind

    Mr. President, na bullseye mo yung problema ng Pinas. Kuraption talaga. Pero tama po yang si Edgardo, kailangan mong ipatupad ang FOI para pati ikaw (pati mga galamay mo) eh alam namin ang mga pinagkakagastusan.  Mag asawa kana kaya para makatikim ka rin ng bullseye. plik plok plik plok plik plok!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VYXYGXRL3JOWI4SLBX6KA5AKTA angelito

    DAMORECRAZY kasi tayong Bansa eh.. chnage to PARLIMENTARY then we can have a good Governace system..

  • Your_King

    Aquino is not consistent. He talks about the ‘Daan Matuwid’ but doesn’t support an FOI bill that is supposed to foster good governance and transparency. He attack GMA for supposed corruption yet allows Padaca and Puno and Llamas to continue their business without consequence to the point that he chooses to pay for Acosta’s bail. He shouldn’t be speaking at a summit for Anti-corruption but at a summit for Selective Justice and Biased System.

  • juan12376

    I still have my faith with the president on his sincerity to serve his people. Ang nakakabahala lang ay ang tila pagtanggap niya sa pangunguna nina Enrile at Angara dito sa GOPAC bilang representante ng Pilipnas. What a big joke!

  • leomar101

    Wow what a  hypocrate person you are. Corruption is rampant under your nose, committed by your kkk and special friends. Just asked soliman where  did the 3 billions of CCT money which are unaccounted  according to COA. Sino ang sinungaling  si Soliman or ang COA? bwahaha . Kaya ayaw mong ipasa ang FOI dahil maraming baho ka rin  na ayaw mong malaman ng taong bayan.

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