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Villanueva promises to step up the fight against corruption.
Rep. Bro. Eddie Villanueva, a member of the Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party list, took the oath of office on Wednesday and vowed to step up his campaign against public corruption.
At the Supreme Court Complex in Manila, Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo administered Villanueva’s oath of office. He was joined by his son, Senator Joel Villanueva, who was just re-elected.
In order to leave the next generation with a government that is “much less corrupt,” he declared that he will spend the remaining three years of his term to doing so.
He cited the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) from Transparency International, which gave the Philippines a low score of 33 out of 100 (on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the least corrupt), suggesting “severe corruption concerns” in the nation.
In order to cleanse the government of corruption and make the Philippines a successful nation that serves as a moral example to the rest of the world, Villanueva said, “We will press for and adopt legislation.”
Additionally, he promised to be an impartial fiscalizer of the government during the upcoming term.
He declared, “We will make sure that this government serves no less than the wellbeing and interests of the people and seeks no other but the divine purposes of God for this country.
The National Independent Commission Against Corruption (NICAC), the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, and the institutionalization of digital government transactions—all of which are aimed at reducing red tape and enhancing revenue generation—were some of the legislative goals he emphasized.
NICAC is based on Hong Kong’s incredibly effective Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), whereas Villanueva claims that the FOI has been a “long-drawn ambition of the Filipino people.”
Additionally, he would advocate for the approval of the Magna Carta of Religious Freedom law, which the House of Representatives had already adopted on third reading during the 18th Congress.
The legislation aims to safeguard Filipinos’ freedom to practice their religion without fear of persecution or other forms of prejudice.
The country’s free market and openness to religious beliefs are also goals of the plan, according to Villanueva, who added that this will protect the populace from the perils of religious fanaticism.