Wednesday, 14 December 2011

President Aquino can stop corruption if he rises above partisanship

The president needs to put the horse of institution building before the cart of prosecuting his predecessor. Mr. Aquino has a genuine chance here to capitalize on his electoral platform and reform the police and judiciary. Waging a war on Mrs. Arroyo and the Supreme Court garners headlines, but it runs the risk of permanently damaging the judiciary. The best option is to wait to appoint qualified—and nonpartisan—judges to replace the current ones on the bench. The true test of Mr. Aquino's mettle will be whether he continues to support graft-busters when they go after members of his own party.

Read more from the Wall Street Journal.

Related article by Philip Bowring.

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