NO to CORRUPTION!

1. The public should help stop the vicious cycle of corruption:

“It is high time to end the vicious cycle involving corruption cases where those involved lie low until the issue dies down – and the public can play a more active role to achieve this.”

“Some officials have lost all sense of shame. Even if charges are filed against them, they just lie low because they know that once the issue dies down and the public no longer thinks much of it, they can go back to their old ways. That said, the vicious cycle of corruption is not limited to those in government. It takes two to tango: those who corrupt – and the public who wittingly or otherwise turns a blind eye.”

2. The government needs consistency in fighting corruption:

“Consistency in fighting corruption will play a major role not only in restoring the trust of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and other international financial institutions, but can solve many other problems that beset our country even as we grapple with the effects of the pandemic.”

3. ALL public servants should be excluded from the Bank Secrecy Act:

“When you enter the government service, you should not invoke the Bank Secrecy Act, to show transparency. This should apply to all public servants, from the President down to the lowest rank. Unfortunately, the bills I filed and refiled in this regard have not gotten off the ground.

In past years, we have seen a ‘selective’ implementation of laws. There must be consistency to regain trust. Until the people and the international community see that even perceived political allies are sent to jail for wrongdoings, there will always be that perception that certain influential people are exempt from our justice system.”

“In other words, more than leadership by example, it is more consistency that can make the big difference.”

4. We should end the huge leakage from corruption:

“As early as 2007, ang annual unused na appropriations pumapalo mahigit P400B. Bakit hindi gamitin?”

“Leakage sa corruption malaki-laki rin. Kung 20% ng budget nawawala sa corruption, kung maayos paggamit at lahat magagamit at di masasayang, malaki ang magagawa.”

5. Corruption in PhilHealth should end:

“I have posed a challenge to the corrupt elements in PhilHealth, to declare a moratorium on corruption, at least during the pandemic. Who knows, they might actually learn that it feels good not to be corrupt, and thus develop an aversion to corruption.”

“Having said that, I also encourage those in PhilHealth who fight corruption in their own little way – the officials and rank-and-file who continue to provide information and documents – not to tire of blowing the whistle on corruption, even if we may not immediately see the results of their acts.”

“A corruption-free – and more importantly, corruption-averse – PhilHealth will not only ensure much-needed health benefits for all Filipinos in the long run. In the immediate term, it will ease the concerns of lawmakers, myself included, that the budget we pass for PhilHealth to do its job will not be lost to greed.”

6. Legislative output:

* Republic Act 9485: The Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 (13th Congress)

* Republic Act 9416: The Anti-Cheating Act of 2007 (13th Congress)

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