Given the pursuit of exorbitant discretionary funds and perks granted by officials to themselves in the different government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) such as the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) – it is clear the Aquino government has been taking bold steps to track down and punish those who abused the system during the previous administration.
But what about the future? Will there be future exposes and Commission on Audit (COA) reports that will highlight abusive spending on perks by officials in 2011, or 2012? What exactly is the system that allows for discretionary funds and public perks?
The Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) delves into some of the laws, rules and regulations in an effort to understand past and current practices. It is sometimes said that what is allowable is not always right – and what is right is not always allowed.