Fight vs corruption: No action, talk only


IT IS quite obvious that the main reason why investors’ confidence in the Philippines was boosted is the seemingly credible war launched by President Aquino against graft and corruption.

Fulfilling an election promise to weed out corruption in the bureaucracy, which is the culprit behind the age-old problem of poverty, P-Noy swiftly set the antigraft apparatus in motion by pushing probes into and filing cases against alleged culprits behind the multimillion/billion irregularities scams during the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

For these, P-Noy was rewarded with promises of multibillion investments from the United States, China and Japan, countries he visited to entice investors to the country. But what if the ongoing investigations fail to send grafters to jail, considering their power and influence?

At this point, P-Noy’s apologists and drumbeaters behave as if his administration is immaculate white, spotless and incapable of committing unbridled graft. What if it turns out that the Aquino administration is targeting only Arroyo and her minions, while shielding and sparing his corrupt supporters?

Undoubtedly, the investors will relocate to countries of their choice—the only the logical consequence since, by then, the much-vaunted antigraft campaign shall have turned out to be mere “sound and fury signifying nothing.”

History tells us that from Macapagal to Marcos, Cory to Ramos,  and Estrada to Arroyo, licking every “war” on graft has been best characterized only by what a friend called “N.A.T.O.” —No Action, Talk Only. What we need are concrete initiatives and positive results, not perorations, sloganeering and pontifications. Filipinos are fed-up with empty rhetoric and glib-tongued leaders who are unconscionable liars.


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  • Mesc

    Perhaps, Penoy’s graftbusters should also investigate why the Cojuangcos didn’t distribute Hacienda Luisita despite a clear condition that they should do so ten years after acquiring the plum estate through a loan.   Everyone knows they ignored the provision and went on to amass their wealth while the poor farmers waited for nothing.

    If Penoy could sweep that under the rug now that he’s in the position to right wrongs, then there’s no doubt in my mind that his campaign against corruption is going to fail.

  • Anne Torre

    There’s no need to wait for Noynoy’s shielding and sparing his corrupt people to drive investors away.

    What happened in Mindanao at the Japanese mining company is more than enough to drive the investors away from the country.

    Congratulations to the President for doing nothing on the NPA atrocities!

    Add Umbra Kato and the Abu Sayyaf plus the MILF and you have a complete cast of doom for the hapless island, far from the interest and concern of the diffident leader.

  • France

    Those promised investments are Illusions!  No list of investors with related money was ever given by this administration… only mouth wang-wang!!!
    Do you really believe investors will believe the new President afer only 16 months on the job?  They will wait and see… few years time.  And they will wait to see if the foreign investment law changes, which the President don’t want to change!!!  All this is only mouth wang-wang, nothing done yet!!!

  • Marjorie Santiago

    Let us just help this govt to achieve what is right. It is not only Pnoy who has the responsibility…see the supreme court which is one of the corrupt, ombudsman, comelec, sandigan bayan. They act too slow so what do you expect? we can help them by suggesting some good ideas on how to fight for this corrupt practices.

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