The Philippines renews its commitment to fight corruption by nurturing a culture of integrity through prevention, deterrence and implementation.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr the Philippines’ fight against corruption is not all punitive but also recognizes integrity.
General Assembly president Volkan Bozkir convenes the Special Session of the General Assembly on challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and to strengthen international cooperation pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 73/191 and 74/276, as well as Decisions 74/568 and 75/562.
GENEVA — In a United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Corruption, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr points out, “the merest prejudicial disparity in a bid invites a charge of corruption.
“Corruption strikes at the life and soul of nations, killing the credibility and therefore viability of states which are nations’ political expression, encouraging the deadly, fast-spreading virus of public cynicism that kills love of country.”
Locsin cites the Philippine Seal of Good Local Governance Act rewards transparency and accountability in the use of public funds; the Anti-Terrorism Act fills gaps in the investigation and prosecution of money laundering especially for terrorism financing; and the Philippine Government Procurement and Reform Act requires the presence of civil society observers in local and National Government bidding procedures in public procurement.
The secretary highlights the creation of the joint oversight committees under the Bayanihan to Heal as One and Bayanihan to Recover as One laws as a response to the pandemic.
In his statement, meanwhile, UNGA president Bozkir urges policymakers to leverage the special session to take concrete measures to prevent and address corruption, saying in his remarks that “corruption corrodes public trust, weakens the rule of law, seeds conflict, undermines human rights and hinders efforts to achieve the targets of the 2030 Agenda.”
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammad says corruption in public service delivery increases costs, lowers quality and distorts the allocation of resources.
She encourages the General Assembly to use the special session on corruption as an opportunity to chart a different path forward through a transparent, inclusive, and accountable approach to governance that will strengthen the social contract between State and people.
“Expectations are high,” she says, “I encourage you to lead by example, by realizing the commitments you have made in the draft declaration, with the support of the United Nations system.” (SA/Headline PH)
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