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US Ambassador unveils digital platform to advance Philippine anti-corruption initiatives

MANILA — Ambassador Sung Kim and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales underscored the sustained collaboration between the United States and the Philippines in fighting corruption while unveiling a digital platform designed to enhance capacity at the Office of the Ombudsman. The new Digital Migration System, launched on August 22, will augment the capability of the Ombudsman to track and prosecute corruption cases across the country.

In his remarks, Ambassador Kim highlighted the importance of anti-corruption as a national security priority, echoing U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson’s March 22 statement that “terrorism is a plague as dangerous as corruption and corruption is as dangerous as terrorism.”

In noting her appreciation for the venture, Ombudsman Carpio Morales emphasized, “The Philippines and the United States of America have nurtured this partnership through shared aspirations, proactive actions, mutual respect, and mutual collaboration.

The Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the U.S. Agency for International Development funded the development of the Digital Migration System through implementing partner CD Asia. (US Embassy News)