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Aquino vows to push anti-corruption

05-12-2010 13:33 BJT

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Philippine presidential front-runner, Benigno Aquino, has vowed to push anti-corruption policies as well as cut a large budget deficit. This comes as several other major candidates have already bowed down to Aquino.

Despite the fact that Aquino has so far refused to assume victory, he discussed policy and appointment plans at a press briefing.

Benigno Aquino, Philippine presidential Candidate, said, "We are already doing our talent search for the cabinet positions, the people who will be implementing our policy guidelines in the right direction. And the mechanism for that, setting up the people who will constitute the search committee, is already on the work."

His promise to wipe out corruption has resonated with many voters who were disillusioned with the scandal-rocked government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Benigno Aquino, Philippine presidential Candidate, said, "We live by example. We will go after those who do not follow our lead. If they are bad examples. We have laws that we can implement and use against them."

Meanwhile, analysts say Aquino needs to tame a budget deficit which is expected to exceed 300 billion pesos, or 6.7 billion US dollars this year. A transparent, reform-minded administration could boost the economy and sentiment among Filipinos.

Earl Parreno, Piltical Analyst, said, "I hope he will be consistent with his campaign promise of rooting out graft and corruption. That would bring more confidence on the people on the people and on the foreign investors."

Aquino could win with a strong mandate, so far 40 percent of votes. However, analysts say he will face the usual challenges of implementing reform policies amid allies with varied interests.


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