Mar? Corrupt?

Personal track record, being already rich

Unlike other candidates who have been in public office for decades, Mar remains untainted by corruption. And he’s proud of that. In his words:

Mata-sa-mata pwede ko kayo tingnan na hindi po tayo corrupt.

At hindi lang ‘yan sa salita, hindi lang ito sa laway. Sa trabaho nating ito, hindi ba lahat ng ating katunggali ay matagal nang nagre-research yan, kung meron mang naungkat ‘yan ay naungkat na?

Itong nakaraang 20 taon [sa ating pagseserbisyo] ay malinis ang ating track record— walang mantsa, walang bahid at pinagmamalaki po natin ‘yan.’

An instaquote in his official Facebook page:


Mar Roxas’ family’s source of wealth was inherited. The businesses (Araneta Center – Cubao) inherited by Mar’s family continue to flourish to this day. When asked why he still wants to run for President despite already having everything, Mar had this to say:

While I have everything, my countrymen do not. Hindi naman pwede na iilan lang ang maginhawa at ang higit na nakararami ay talagang hirap na hirap.

Corruption under Daang Matuwid

Mar’s words can best explain the progress we’ve already made:

[In 2010,] we inherited a government and a system where the debate was not whether there was corruption or not. The debate was how do we moderate corruption.

That was how bad it got. It became accepted, conventional wisdom that there would be corruption, and so it’s just how little of it could we survive as you go through all of the processes.

Nobody is saying it’s all perfect now, but certainly, there has been a lot that has been eliminated.

A huge chunk of it has been eliminated, and it has been eliminated in the most important part of any organization or government – which is at the top. Because if there is corruption at the top, then it is very hard to impose an anti-corruption discipline all the way down to the bottom.

Progress under Daang Matuwid

International indexes describe how far we have come:

International news reports (The Diplomat, The New York Times) have described the transition in this way:

  • The Philippines in 2010 = “Sick Man of Asia.” 
  • The Philippines, today = “Asia’s Bright Spot.”

Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index:

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories in the index.

World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index:

  • In 2010, we ranked 134.
  • In 2015, we ranked 103. [Last updated on October 2015]

The Ease of Doing Business index ranks countries against each other based on how the regulatory environment is conducive to business operations, stronger protections of property rights. Economies with a high rank (1 to 20) have simpler and more friendly regulations for businesses.



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