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EIGHT YEARS SINCE AND WE’RE DOWN AT ROCK BOTTOM

July 2, 2008

2001, The promise of a moral transformation…

I am certain that Filipinos of unborn generations will look back with pride to EDSA 2001 just as we look back with pride to Mactan, the Katipunan, and other revolts, Bataan, Corregidor and EDSA ’86. I am certain that pride will reign supreme as Filipinos recall the heroism and sacrifices and prayers of Jaime Cardinal Sin, Presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos, Chief Justice Davide, the legislators… the leaders… the witnesses… the youth and students… the generals…

(Excerpts from PGMA’s Inaugural Speech as the 14th President of the Philippines, EDSA Shrine)

2008, Hey, whatever happened?

WB: THE PHILIPPINES IS THE MOST CORRUPT IN EAST ASIA

MANILA, Philippines — Corruption in the Philippines is perceived to be the worst among East Asia’s leading economies and the country has sunk even lower among those seen to be lagging in governance reforms, a World Bank study suggested.

The bank’s 2008 Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), based on new research released Tuesday, showed that many developing countries were making important gains in controlling corruption, and some even matched rich-country performance in overall governance measures.

The Philippines, however, was not among them.

The country is now at the bottom of the list of East Asia’s 10 largest economies when it comes to control of corruption, edged out by Indonesia which scored the worst in the region in the previous year’s survey.

Now, whenever the issue of graft and corruption surfaces, I can’t help but remember this man.

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