Poor Janet Napoles!!! Encarcerated and out of the loop! Who is to take her place?!!!
It was very generous of Japan to arrange a loan for the Philippines. I am sure that as much as most Filipinos are grateful to Japan for the loan, most are concerned that the monies will go straight down the drain and into the pockets of corrupt politicians, their relatives and friends. And the sad thing is that the Philippines will still be saddled with the debt, whether the monies were put into good use or not.
The only way that this can be monitored is to have total transparency which may be possible if Freedom of Information is enacted in the earliest possible time. Unfortunately, it seems the tabling of Freedom of Information (FOI) was done tactically, having been given to a complete neophyte, a newbie who is willing to do the job but seems not hungry enough. FOI continues to languish on the sideline. It seems FOI is not a priority and we know why. It would be a key to Pandora’s Box. All manners of evil will be let out and I think most politicians won’t be able to face it.
The Freedom of Information would allow people to take a peek on the progress of whatever project is being done. And I hope the Government would apply proper accounting to ensure that the monies are spent as it should be. Another major thing that needed doing if the monies are to be spent in Tacloban is allowing everyone to see proper planning and the stages of constructions. It is most important that submitted estimates and tenders are made public and transparent. We do not want the project to be given to friends and relatives of high ups and pocket most of the monies while doing a haphazard jobs.
PHL gets $287-M loan package from Japan during PNoy trip
- Post Disaster Stand-by Loan worth ¥ 10 billion ($ 100 Million)
- Multi-Role Response Vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard worth ¥18.732 billion ($ 187 Million)
- Revised route schedule on the Philippines-Japan Air Services Agreement.
Aquino arrived in Japan on Thursday to attend the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit.
Honorary degree from Sophia
The university, a Jesuit global learning institution, conferred on Aquino an honorary doctorate law degree for his “significant achievements in the promotion of good governance and peace in the Philippines, which have contributed to the remarkable economic development of the country in recent years.”
Aquino is a product of the Ateneo de Manila University, another Jesuit institution.