FVR, CJ Puno, Joker form alliance to correct govt ills

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A broad front that will consolidate all initiatives in seeking to correct systematic flaws in the government that breed corruption will have former President Fidel V. Ramos, retired chief justice Reynato Puno and former senator Joker Arroyo as drafters of a law that will be submitted to the Commission on Elections as a petition for Filipinos to vote in a referendum.

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At the weekly Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt, Manny Lopez, one of the lead convenors of the group called ePirma, said their move is different from the people’s initiative in1998 headed by Pirma that sought constitutional amendments or charter change.

“We need to find a solution to systematic corruption. After participating in many protest actions we should find a solution,” Lopez said, hinting that their group is also sensing a “regional shift of power” brought by the absence of US President Barack Obama at the recent APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) meeting.

“To weather the storm, we need a ship that is sea worthy. Let’s all strengthen our own ship called Republic of the Philippines,” he added.

To ePirma, consolidating the initiatives of different sectors will build a strong coalition for a more comprehensive option of calling for a people’s congress to amend the 1987 Constitution under a “people-led solution.”

That solution would pave the way for institutionalizing a system of governance that is more transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of the people.

“Generally, people are aware of the scope of corruption in the country. We have four areas of reforms : pork in all it’s varieties; political (anti-dynasty); judicial (seen as very corrupt); and economic reforms,” Lopez said.

The People’s Congress slated for November 9, at the Asian Institute of Management Conference Center, will have FVR, Puno and Arroyo share their views on the country’s present situation and issues.

“The President should look and work on things in 20/20 basis. Tingnan na kasalukuyang administrasyon kungano ang kanilang pagkukulang,” Lopez suggested, adding that their fight will only end not only in prosecuting those who are involved in corruption in the goverment but after the recovery of their ill-gotten wealth.

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  1. SI FIDEL RAMOS AY NASA PWESTO NA PANAHON PA NI MARCOS BILANG HEPE, NAGING CHEIF OF STAFF NG AFP AT SECRETARY NG NATIONAL DEFENSE SA PANAHON NI CORY AQUINO HANGGANG MAIHALAL BILANG IKA-12 PANGULO.

    SI REYNATO PUNO AY NALUKLOK BILANG HUWES NG COURT OF APPEALS NOONG 1980 HANGGANG MAITALAGANG PUNONG MAHISTRADO NI GLORIA ARROYO NOONG 2006

    SI JOKER ARROYO AY KILALA NA SIMULA PA NOONG REHIMENG MARCOS HANGGANG MANUNGKULAN NOONG PANAHON NI CORY AQUINO AT MAGING CONNGRESSMAN NG 9 YEARS AT SENADOR NG 12 YEARS…

    ANO NGAYON LANG NILA NAISIP NA DAPAT ISAAYOS ANG PAMAHALAAN AT SUGPUIN ANG KURAPSYON??? BAKIT NGAYON LANG??? ANG TAGAL NA NILA SA PAMAHALAAN…NANDOON NA SILA PA ANG NAMUNO AT NALUKLOK SA IBA’T IBANG PWESTO…

    ANO ANG GINAWA NILA NOON O MAYROON NGA BA SILANG GINAWA?

    TUMANDAA NA ANG MGA ITO SA GOBYERNO…

    BAKIT? BAKIT NGAYON LANG? NAKAKATUWA BA O NAKAKATAWA???

    • In a roundtable with The Manila Times on Monday October 28, former chief justice Puno denied that he had an alliance with ex-President Ramos and ex-Senator Arroyo or with any other politician.

  2. Fernando Habito on

    Sound good to start with this campaign to eradicate corruptions…now the question is the strong “will power” to implement, the correct solutions.!…FVR.,CJ Puno,and Jokker Arroyo were seasoned politicians they have been in the government service for long time…Why on earth did they NOT put this system into actions during their period of active leaderships in which they were in the position to correct and test it….! Is it because it is easy to comment and make suggestions if you are NO longer in the position? Or they waited for so long because they benefited also from the past corrupt system of government?…

    • In the roundtable with Times editors and reporters on Monday October 28, former Chief Justice Puno denied that he had an alliance with ex-President Ramos and ex-Senator Joker Arroyo or with any politician.

  3. Wilfredo N. Laspinas on

    Don’t include Ex President Ramos in your movement to clean up the government from corruption. I doubt during his presidency, if he himself, is with clean hands to support the anti corruption plans of yours.

  4. Devils Advocate on

    Ramos representing the military, Puno , the Judiciary and Joker, the clean politicians, this is a trifecta. Let’s add one more for the business sector. How about someone like Mandanas or Pangilinan?

  5. Noli Sarmiento on

    I fully agreed with this plan, go ahead and push the reforms needed in order to combat current and future corruptions in the government, we are all sick and tired in this country, i would have thought daang matuwid will be successful to change the Philippines from bed ridden corruption into something eradicate corruption but it’s the opposite.

  6. I think a durable sea-worthy ship has just been christened. It’s destiny is LUZ-VI-MINDA. It’s flagship’s name is: Republic of the Philippines! Born under the watch of people who dearly loved this country. Agonizing against the multitude of greed, hunger and corruption. Greed and corruption are prevalent in our government with collaboration from economic/business entities, religious organizations, military establishments and men/women in hoods. Hunger is everywhere from the mountain tops, to the valleys; from the coastal zones and in the deep seas; from the country sides and to the cities – the mothers, infants, the kids, the youths, the laborers, the panhandlers, and poor Juans and Juanas are a common victim of thieveries and pork scammers in and out of our government. WE can’t wait any longer. The death is cast deeply within our hearts and souls! God Bless Our Country and People.

  7. Saturnino R. Mendinueto, Jr. on

    I will join RPA ( FVR, CJ Puno and Joker Arroyo) in reforming this corrupt government. Sana di lang total Abolisyon ng BOCHA, FAMILY DYNASTIES at isama na din ang FOI para lahat mula sa Barangay to Malacanang ay maging transparent lalo na sa pag gastos ng Kaban ng Bayan, Di Ba Ho, Tama ba mga Katoto????

  8. It must also include the local government units, provincial governors, city and town mayors, barangays. Grabe din ang nakawan ng people’s money dito!

    • I agree. These people we are always addressing “Honorable”, are only good for lip service but you can not extricate patriotism in their hearts, only on their “pockets”. God bless the Philippines!