Thursday, August 25, 2005

Not Hopeless--but Where's the Political Will?


Yes, the fight against corruption in the Philippines is not a hopeless case. We fully agree with Tony Kwok Wan-Mai, formerly deputy commissioner and head of operations for Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and now Pres. Gloria Arroyo's adviser on anti-corruption matters.

His appointment explains his statement.

I believe that fighting graft and corruption is best done by first having a political will to do it. Perhaps he can advise Arroyo to do just that.

In an Agence France Presse report Kwok cites Nigeria as having a worse graft and corruption environment than the Philippines, whose $1.8 billion or 13 per cent of its annual budget is lost to corruption every year.

In 1980 to 2000, the Philippines lost $48 billion because of graft and corruption.

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