The Philippine Anticorruption Movement USA, Inc. (“Pamusa” in short) is a California not-for-profit corporation organized in August 2006 in conjunction with the international cooperation agreements against corruption (ICAACs) particularly the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC); OECD mandates, e.g., exchange of information between national taxation authorities; G7 and G20 agreements lifting of foreign bank account secrecy; and the bilateral mutual legal assistance treaties, most of which are enforced under the U.S. National Strategy to Internationalize Efforts Against Kleptocracy reinforcing President George W. Bush’s Presidential Proclamation No. 7750 barring entry into the United States and its territories of foreigners, whether immigrants or nonimmigrants, with illicit assets from the proceeds and involvement in corruption.
Pamusa has been authorized by the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) to actively participate in fighting corruption and kleptocracy in support of President Bush’s International Initiative to Combat Kleptocracy, which in the Old West parlance makes Pamusa “a Sheriff’s deputy to run after cattle rustlers.” Today, the rustlers are current and former government officials and employees, their immediate family members and close associates, or private businessmen and individuals who colluded with them and together illegally enriched themselves from the proceeds of corruption and related crimes such as bribery, money laundering, cooking of accounting books, conspiracy and wire fraud, and racketeering or violation of the RICO Act.
Kleptocracy is defined as the exploitation of government resources for personal ends such as the current and former government top officials enriching themselves in office by misappropriating public assets, which became pervasive in the Philippines during Ferdinand Marcos’ presidency and has continued to date involving their close associates and immediate family members including their private business and individual enablers that also illegally enrich themselves.
The above USDOJ authority is reinforced by Pamusa’s tax-exempt status under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to receive tax-deductible contributions, thus building up its financial capacity in pursuing its objectives.
The tax exemption makes Pamusa eligible to collect tax-deductible contributions from Filipino and ex-Filipino citizens and corporations including U.S. foundations, private voluntary organizations, and charities. It’s generally agreed to be almost a fact that Pamusa impacts the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” of organized crime, international drug trafficking, terrorism, and corruption that wreak havoc on poor nations’ economies and their peoples.