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William Pesek

Are the Philippines Worth Fighting For?

Philippine President Benigno Aquino should avoid lame-duck status and follow through on the anticorruption and reform agenda he trumpeted when he was elected four years ago. 
Where's the commitment?                                                               
Where's the commitment?                                                               

Nothing tells the story of where the Philippines was before Benigno Aquino and now better than Transparency International’s rankings. When he rose to the presidency in 2010 pledging to attack graft, his country was rated 134th, trailing Nigeria. Now, it's 94th and boasts the investment-grade credit ratings to prove it.

But what if Aquino's good-governance revolution is over? What if the bad old days of predecessors Gloria Arroyoand Joseph Estrada return once Aquino's term ends in 2016?