WOMEN SPEAK OUT! Confronting Corruption and Sizing up Scandals in the Arroyo Government

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza along with Senator Jamby Madrigal and former Civil Service Commission Chief Karina David denounced today, what they all acknowledged as “institutionalized corruption” under the Arroyo government.

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The forum co-sponsored by the UP Portia Sorority and the UP Office of the Student Regent with Gabriela Women’s Party discussed how presidential prerogatives in the appointment of government officials corrupted the bureaucracy; the impact of corruption on ordinary Filipino families; and the course of action women must take to pursue significant reforms.

Retired Civil Service Commission chief Karina David revealed that there are over 10,000 appointees in government, 6,000 of whom are directors or undersecretaries, who need to pass 3rd level executive eligibility exams. However, 50% of present government executives are ineligible, all of them, presidential appointees. “This practice of the Arroyo government has destroyed basic institutions.”

Sen. Jamby Madrigal could not agree more, stressing that the Arroyo government has continued to survive by buying loyalty of the people around her. “Patronage politics has been institutionalized.”

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Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza on the other hand underscored the impact of corruption on ordinary Filipinos and how it deprives people of basic services.  “The $130M kickback, for example, is equivalent to 23,111 housing units or 52,000 classrooms.”

“Corruption is deeply ingrained in our political and social structures. Corruption thrives as officials and institutions party to these anomalous projects without a doubt benefit greatly from them.”

Maza, Madrigal and David stressed on the need for accountability.

This, Maza stressed is the reason why more and more women are now taking to the streets. Alliances such as the “BabaLa!” of the Babae Laban sa Katiwalian are calling for the immediate ouster of Mrs. Arroyo.

Indeed it is high time for women to take action, more so that at the core of this country’s corruption, is Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a woman.

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