18 February 2009 – Last December 1, 2008, the Coalition Against Corruption pointed out that “corruption is the gravest threat to Philippine democracy and society today.” In that statement, we also strongly urged Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to act on pending high-profile corruption cases, to increase the office’s pool of competent field investigators, and, most importantly, […]

12 December 2008 – The Makati Business Club expresses its concern regarding the issues being raised by the architect Felino “Jun” Palafox Jr. related to the development of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Architect Palafox warns that 366 trees, of which 36 are said to be endangered species, will be affected by a hotel-casino project […]

9 December 2008 Dear Ombudsman Gutierrez, Today, as the world observes International Anti-Corruption Day, we urge you to commemorate this occasion by taking stock of the Office of the Ombudsman’s implementation of its mission to “promote integrity and efficiency and high ethical standards in public service through proactive approaches in graft prevention and public assistance, […]

Download PDF File 20 November 2008 – We support the call of the five senior bishops led by Jaro Archbishop ANGEL LAGDAMEO that the time for radical reforms to rebuild our country economically, socially and politically; and to conquer complacency, cynicism and apathy, is NOW. We should NOW prepare for a NEW KIND OF GOVERNANCE. […]

9 October 2008 – Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita is correct in saying that the power to commute sentences and grant pardons is a presidential prerogative enshrined in the Constitution. However, in resorting to this argument to parry widespread criticism of the executive clemency granted to convicted murderer Claudio Teehankee Jr., the government betrayed a disturbing […]