Can Noynoy Aquino Fight Corruption in the Philippines
An Evening Discussion with Sheila Coronel, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism, Columbia University
Benigno Aquino III was sworn in as president on June 30, after winning a landslide election victory. In his inaugural speech, he said, 'If no one is corrupt, no one will be poor. That is no mere slogan for posters. It is the defining principle that will serve as the foundation of our administration.'
Can President Aquino deliver? Can he succeed where his predecessors, including his mother, have failed?
Sheila Coronel is Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism at Columbia University and is an award-winning journalist. She reported on human rights abuses and the growing democratic movement as Ferdinand Marcos gradually lost political power, as well as the election of Corazon Aquino as president. As a stringer for the New York Times and the Guardian, she covered seven attempted coups d'etat against the Aquino government. In 1989, Coronel and her colleagues founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism which trains journalists in investigative skills and has provided an environment for in-depth, groundbreaking reporting on major social issues including the military, poverty and corruption. Coronel is the author and editor of more than a dozen books including Coups, Cults, and Cannibals and Pork and Other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines. She graduated in political science from the University of the Philippines and has a master's degree in political sociology from the London School of Economics.
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