We outline Duterte’s campaign promises as well as some of the better anti-corruption policies proposed by his opponents during the election. Were any of their pledges feasible in tackling the issue at hand?
By Pamela Cortez
Graphics c/o Mark Magnaye
Corruption is almost naturally endemic to the political system of the Philippines, seen as the root cause of many of the nation’s other, larger problems.
The new administration under President Rodrigo Duterte aims to make good on his campaign pledges to eradicate corruption—which included everything from broad, blanket statements to specific acts and laws that should be passed and implemented.
Now that the campaign is over, time will tell if any of these promises materialize into action. President Duterte, has already taken a step towards fulfilling his pledge to pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) law, by signing an executive order (EO) directing all agencies under the executive branch to enable free access of information, official records, and other public documents. At the SONA, the President reiterated his promise to “relax” the country’s bank secrecy laws.
Here, we outline Duterte’s campaign promises as well as some of the better anti-corruption policies proposed by his opponents during the election. Were any of their pledges feasible in tackling the issue at hand?
Which proposals from the losing candidates should be considered by the new administration for their upcoming agenda? Which ones do you deem ineffective? Which courses of action seem more in line with the president’s SONA?
Tell us what you think in the comments section below and join the conversation!