Philippines’ first ever anti-graft summit kicks off

The first ever anti-corruption summit kicks off today (Monday) in Manila with focus on how the Philippines can make bigger strides in fighting corruption, the Manila Times Online reported on Monday.

The two-day event is organized by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution. President Rodrigo Duterte will be attending the summit on Tuesday.

VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez said organizers will present to the president the action plan and output of the seminar.
Entitled “Breaking the Chains of Corruption”, the summit is attended by experts from various fields namely Clarita Carlos, executive director of Strat Search Foundation Inc and Eduardo Araral, vice dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Jimenez said it was important for the government to start focusing on anti- corruption to ensure that the financial gains obtained by the country from the recent Asean summit and pledges from the other countries would be used properly.

He added that even the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion which was expected to generate additional revenues may not be realized if corruption would not be addressed.

Fighting corruption was one of Duterte’s campaign promises. During his first year in the office, he sacked a number of appointed government officials allegedly linked to corruption.