Beat corruption thru transparency and accountability

Representative Edgardo “Sonny” Angara reiterated the importance of good governance as the world observes International Anti-Corruption Day.

International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually on the 9th of December for the past nine

years since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on October 31, 2003.

“The international observance of this day sends a strong signal that the global community does not tolerate corruption and abuse. It shows how much the world values good governance, the rule of law, and democracy–how governments are going to be judged according to these standards,” Angara said.

The lawmaker representing the lone district of Aurora province stressed on the need to pass measures such as the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill (HBN 86), which aims to mandate public access to information about government transactions; the Whistleblower Protection, Security and Benefit Act (HBN 5715),

which provides stronger security and confidentiality measures, financial rewards, and protection from retaliatory actions; and the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act (HBN 5714) which will amend the existing law and provide a separate witness protection program for Congressional investigations.

Angara is one of the principal authors of these three measures.

“These measures are the building blocks of transparent, accountable and good governance. We will more effectively fight corruption if we have statutes that uphold disclosure and access to information, as well as laws to protect state witnesses,” Angara explained.

“Encouraging greater vigilance among our people will pave the way for a strong deterrent against corruption, and spark change. Our victory in the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona should remind us of what can be done and what else should be done,” Angara, a former impeachment prosecution spokesperson, added.

“The Filipino nation looks forward to the day when an open and accountable government truly serves its interests and shared aspirations. We are hopeful and optimistic because the present leadership is committed to tackling corruption head-on, and the public feels a renewed sense of trust in government.

“The opportunity for positive change is in our hands. We must act on it now,” Angara said.

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