Philippines to host anti-corruption summit
MANILA - The Philippines will share its anti-corruption practices to parliamentarians from 78 countries as it hosts a conference of the Global Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) this week.
Sen. Edgardo Angara, vice chairman of the GOPAC Executive Committee, said 429 members of parliament from various countries will attend the conference at the Philippine International Convention Center from January 30 to February 2.
Angara believes the Philippines has a lot to share to the world when it comes to measures combating corruption.
"We are very advanced in anti-corruption laws," he said in an interview last Friday, January 25. "In the whole of Southeast Asia, we lead in terms of not only numbers but also in scope covering good behavior and better governance."
Angara cited as examples the country's laws on the conduct of public servants and the declaration of public officials' wealth, the anti-graft law, and the creation of courts like the Sandiganbayan.
"We're not certainly the best in practice, but we are improving and that has been shown very dramatically in the process of cleansing the judiciary," he said, referring to the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona in early 2012.
Local speakers will include Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, who will speak about enforcing anti-corruption measures, and the Anti-Money Laundering Council of the Philippines' Teresita Herbosa, who will discuss anti-money laundering and bank secrecy laws.