There’s no question that corruption is the biggest single cause of the Philippines’ and other Third World countries’ economic ills and deterioration to which according to experts the country (PHL) loses 20% of budgetary resources annually. That’s P560 billion ($11.2 billion) from the country’s nearly P3 trillion budget for FY 2015.
The eradication of corruption isn’t impossible however. It is caused by man and therefore can be stopped by man in this nefarious activity. Hence, corruption like the diseases such as bubonic plague, smallpox, cholera, etc. that ravaged mankind in the past can also be eradicated, or at least minimize the losses a country loses to it.
We can rely therefore on Edmund Burke’s immortal words, “Example is the best school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.”
Corruption can be eradicated by setting up examples of current and former Filipino government officials, their close associates and family members or private businessmen and individuals that colluded with them and illegally enriched themselves from the proceeds of corruption. Pamusa plans to spend the financial support of people and institutions such as the tax-deductible contributions received under its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for corruption eradication, which will be demonstrated in the Philippines with President Duterte’s approval of a prototype of the said Fund to be established in Manila.
Unbeknownst to most Filipinos since November 2006 when the UNCAC was ratified by the PHL Senate, which according to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago effectively made it part of the law of the land as though passed by Congress and approved by the President.
Thus, the Duterte administration has the powers locally and internationally to effectively address corruption by clamping down on big and small anomalous government contracts, charging and arresting their alleged perpetrators, and sending them to jail based on evidence against them.