1st 100 days: Cases vs tax cheats cited


Posted at Oct 04 2010 10:31 PM | Updated as of Oct 05 2010 06:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino administration has given itself a passing grade for its first 100 days in office, citing a stronger campaign against tax cheats and smugglers as one of its biggest achievements.

President Benigno Aquino, who assumed office on June 30, ran in the 2010 national elections on a platform of anti-corruption and transparency in government.

While scorecards are not an issue for the president, his administration was on track with its goals during the first 100 days, said presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

Lacierda said they were able to make good on their campaign against tax evasion and smuggling, with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs taking turns in filing cases.

He added that the Aquino administration's accomplishments also included the implementation of "zero-based budgeting" and abolition of 10 offices under the Office of the President as part of efforts to streamline operations and save on resources.