Pampanga governor Ed Panlilioâ€
Public officials must be above suspicion and must always be forthright and transparent. Receiving cash in a bag, without documentation, is claimed as routine and normal. No amount of claims that it is â€œnormalâ€ will make it acceptable to the citizenry. Former Manila mayor Lito Atienzaâ€
The delay in President Arroyoâ€
If President Arroyo wants public perception to turn positive, she should appoint an Independent Commission, composed of people whose reputation for integrity and independence are unquestioned, to look into the claims of the LPP, ascertain where the money actually came from, and why such a thing can occur. The results should immediately be released to the public.
The Anti-Money Laundering Council should take action and make a determination of the nature and origin of the money that was handed out in the Presidential Palace.
How the President handles this controversy will either give credence to her claims that she is serious about fighting corruption or feed into the festering feeling that corruption continues in high places.
Jose Cuisia Jr., Chairman, Coalition Against Corruption (CAC)
Vicente Paterno, National Co-Chairman, Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference (BBC)
Fr. Carmelo Diola, Coordinating Steward, Dilaab and Barug Pilipino
Ma. Aurora Tolentino, Chairperson, Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO)
Vincent Lazatin, Executive Director, Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN)
Alberto Lim, Executive Director, Makati Business Club
Benjamin Tolosa Jr., Convenor, Puwersa para sa Ganap na Demokrasya (Pugadlawin)
Gordon Alan Joseph, President, Cebu Business Club
Felipe Medalla, Chairman, Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF)
Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III, Coordinator, Action for Economic Reform (AER)
Cynthia Annie Corpin, Chairperson, PhilDHRRA
Emmanuel Areno, Coordinator, Western Visayas Network of Development NGOs (WEVNET)
Marietta Paragas, President, Cordillera Network of Development NGOs and POs (CORDNET)
Paulina Lawsin-Nayra, Coordinator, Eastern Visayas Network of Development NGOs (EVNET)
Greg Fernandez, Coordinator, Central Visayas Network of NGOs (CENVISNET)
Fr. Nono Eyule, Chairperson, Coalition for Bicol Development (CBD)