Press Release
December 10, 2010


Senator Edgardo J. Angara yesterday reaffirmed his commitment to eliminating corruption in the Philippines in observance of the 8th International Anti-Corruption Day.

In October 2003, The General Assembly of the United Nations designated December 9th as the International Anti-Corruption Day to raise awareness of global corruption and each country's role in stopping it. The Assembly also urged member countries and organizations to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) which is already in effect today.

Angara hosted the recently concluded Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and South East Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC) conference which aimed to equip lawmakers with tools to implement the UNCAC.

"A nation cannot deal with corruption on its own--this kind of problem transcends borders and cultures. This gathering showed the world how the Philippines is one with the international community in combating corruption and promoting good governance," he said.

According to Angara, we must be vigilant in our fight against corruption, as this widespread problem is a huge obstacle in the nation's efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

"Corruption is sapping very valuable resources that otherwise we could have utilized to reach the MDGs of reduced poverty and improved education, maternal health and sanitation. Instead of going to projects to improve these sectors, we see government funding being rechanneled into unnecessary and suspicious endeavors," he said.

Further, Angara explained that a reduced poverty, graft and corruption index would attract more foreign investors to bolster our economy.

"We must come up with a concrete and feasible plan that would ensure that our funds and financial institutions are free from any shady practices that would discourage investors. These businesses would provide the boost that our economy needs to match those of our neighbors in Asia," said Angara.

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