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Saturday, January 23, 2010

What the presidentiables say about... Corruption in government

1/23/10 - Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said the government only needed to enforce laws that penalize graft and corruption but in reality, it takes years before graft cases are even investigated.
He said while there should be certainty of punishment for grafters, compensation should be increased for those shown to be working well in government.
After drawing laughter for saying “I've been there, done that ....I've been there as your president for two and a half years”, former president Joseph Estrada said the next president should appoint persons of integrity to occupy top sensitive government posts.
He also said the government should immediately punish those who commit corruption.
Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon said he would not tolerate corruption and may institute changes in the Ombudsman. Unless this is done, graft cases against the First Gentleman Mike Arroyo won't prosper, he said.
No pardon for anyone convicted of corruption, he said.
Administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro said three things need to be done to prevent corruption – 1) the president must set the example 2) good work but be compensated and 3) ensure transparency in all procurement activites.
He said the country needs an “activist public” to keep an eye on government transactions.
Sen. Manuel Villar said transparency would be a hallmark of his administration.
He promised to televised the bidding of government procurements.
Bro. Eddie Villanueva vowed to “overhaul” government agencies like COA, DOJ and the Office of the Ombudsman. He will create task forces of lawyers and accountants to resolve pending corruption cases within 30 days.
There will be genuine transparency in his governance. He said he would not be beholden to “sacred cows.”
(Cebu Daily News)

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