PNoy's anti-corruption slogan wins Asian award

For those who are closely watching the elections last year, the slogan “Kung Walang Corrupt Walang Mahirap” already rings a bell. It has been

a household catchphrase already for Yellow volunteers who threw their full support to PNoy for his Presidential candidacy. This slogan has been printed in various collaterals already that it’s hard not to memorize this mantra.

Recently, this anti-corruption slogan won the Public Affairs Asia’s Gold Standard Award for Political Communication where PNoy bested Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor and first Prime Minister of Singapore; Ambika Soni, India’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting; British Prime Minister David Cameron; ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan; and Indonesian Politician Anas Urbaningrum. Toni Alvarez

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III bested other heads

of state for his communications platform of promoting transparency and accountability.

He received on Thursday night in Hong Kong the Public Affairs Asia’s Gold Standard Award for Political Communications.

Aquino won over Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor and first Prime Minister of Singapore; Ambika Soni, India’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting; British Prime Minister David Cameron; ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan; and Indonesian Politician Anas Urbaningrum.

PublicAffairsAsia Executive Director Craig Hoy said: “These awards celebrate the achievements of corporations, governments and NGOs and identify those professionals, consultancies and governmental figures who are driving this important process of engagement and partnership in Asia Pacific.”

Public Affairs Asia is a network of senior government relations, public affairs and corporate communications professionals operating across the Asia Pacific region.

The group gave credence to Aquino’s “Kung Walang Corrupt, Walang Mahirap” line that he has been trumpeting since the elections.

In fact, Aquino had made sure that this would be brought into the public consciousness, it said.

Aquino had even capitalized on different platforms to bring this to the public. His communications team, for example, made sure of the government’s presence in the Internet.

He also launched recently the Public-Private Partnership Center, a cornerstone of its economic policy.

His nomination was developed by EON, a stakeholder relations firm.

“We nominated President Aquino because we believed that he is the person to drive lasting change within the political landscape of the Philippines. It’s a great thrill to see that our efforts have translated in a concrete result not just for the President, but also for the country,” said EON Chief Executive Junie del Mundo.

Last year, the award went to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono due to his exemplary work in addressing corruption in Indonesia through his Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Source:  Yahoo News

Toni Alvarez

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  • UP nn grad

    “Many Pinoys have come to know that the judiciary is the greatest hindrance in the fight against corruption.”Manuel Buencamino

    Hopefully, candidate Noynoy Aquino knew that as head of Executive Branch, he will be leading and responsible for the Department of Justice. The Dept of Justice not only has the responsibility to charge persons or companies with crime violations — the department Justice has responsibility to obtain hard irrefutable evidence to convict.

    Hopefully, President Noynoy knows that he cannot hide behind this “… the corruption in the judiciary is in the way”. Corrupt-judges just like corrupt colonels or generals or Cabinet UnderSecretaries, tax-evaders and smugglers…. DepartmentJustice has to identify the corrupt, obtain irrefutable evidence, convict.

    • UP nn grad

      1987 Constitution is written where police powers were not given to Pilipinas Supreme Court. Executive Department has the police powers. So how Pilipinas deals with corrupt judges is same- as how to deal with tax-evaders, smugglers and carnap gangs. Finding the corrupt and criminal and obtaining hard evidence against them — that job belongs to Noynoy/ Malacanang/ Executive Department.

      One can understand that Noynoy wishes that he can just fire all the Supreme Court and lower court judges and replace every single one with judges who comport to the agenda of Noynoy and his allies. But such is Pilipinas democracy. Presidente-Pilipinas is a tough job, which is why some people believe it needs 50-hours a week of effort, if not more.

      • UP nn grad

        Wow… that is bad news about the bus bombing along Buendia. Work to be done to find the guilty, arrest them, obtain hard evidence, convict.

        I extend condolences and sympathy to the families of those who have died.

      • UP nn grad

        Police sketches released. Two of suspects in Buendia-bus bombing.

        Hindi tsinoy, hindi bumbay, hindi babae, hindi teen-ager o lolo, hindi koreano o insik, hindi Markano, hindi arabo… hindi kastilaloy, hindi naka-uniporme. Ayan!