Credit Grabbing To The Very End

Hunter S Thompson - AvatarIn a speech to open a United Nations convention on corruption, Noynoy again tried to impress his audience with the supposed achievements of his administration in combating corruption. [*]

Aside from the customary showcase of booting out former Chief Justice Renato Corona, the detention of former President Gloria Arroyo and the jailing of Palace targets in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr., he claimed achievements in running after smugglers and tax evaders under the Revenue Integrity Protection Services (RIPS), Run After The Smugglers (RATS), and Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) programs of revenue collectors including the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

Former Arroyo press secretary and chief of staff Bobi Tiglao, who is a veteran newsman, said all the programs which Aquino claimed yesterday to have been initiated under his administration were all “set up and institutionalized through executive and administrative orders by his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.” In all, none of those mentioned by Noynoy as part of his integrity campaign was his achievement:

* The RIPS program under the Department of Finance was set up under Executive Order 259, issued Dec. 17, 2003 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo;

* The RATS program under the Customs Bureau was set up through Customs Special Order 24 2005 issued in May 2005; and

* The RATE Program was set up under the BIR’s Revenue Memorandum Order 24-2008, in order to bring to the bureau level the RIPS and its focus on smugglers.

The lies propagated by Noynoy also involve the accomplishments of the government programs he mentioned.
Tiglao said Noynoy aside from doing nothing to enhance these campaigns is grabbing the credit from the Arroyo administration in terms of the filed cases. Tiglao estimates that two-thirds of the cases that Noynoy has been claiming as achievements under his term were investigated or filed by the previous administration. Aquino also claimed that fiscal reforms taken by his administration “rehabilitated” the image of the country before the international community.

Even credit rating firm Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) had already debunked this claim of Noynoy.
In a report last October, Moody’s acknowledged the Arroyo administration for having started institutional reforms in government. “Many of these changes resulted from a public financial management reform drive that was first mooted during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the mid-2000s,” Moody’s said.

Among the reforms that Moody’s cited as having been initiated during the term of Mrs. Arroyo are “institutional improvements” including “performance-informed” budgeting that has improved expenditure oversight, various tax administration measures that have boosted compliance, and enhanced procurement processes that have led to cost savings.

How about the six percent average yearly growth rate that Noynoy said was the result of his daang matuwid campaign?

Former Budget Secretary Ben Diokno said the 7.6 growth rate in 2010 that Aquino credited to his administration, cannot claim full responsibility for it since public policy usually works with a lag.

He said there is at least a nine-month lag, or in some cases such as in monetary policies, a whole-year lag on policies.

Diokno said the 2010 growth, which is propping the average growth rate under Noynoy should be Arroyo’s achievement.

Diokno said that instead of further fueling growth when he took over in 2010, a significant drop in public capital formation was noted during the second half of 2010, the period when Aquino assumed his seat as President. “In the first half, Arroyo spent all her money to complete all her projects. But by the second half, Aquino was busy checking on all of Arroyo’s projects, so nothing moved,” Diokno said.

Taking out all the non-achievements he claimed, the six-year administration of Noynoy is summed up as being a complete zero.

[*] Originally Published in the Daily Tribune


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