Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC)

Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC)

November 01, 2013 10:53 ET

Edgardo J Angara Stands Down as Chair of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 1, 2013) - Edgardo J Angara has informed the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) of his decision to temporarily stand down as Chair of the Board, to focus on refuting allegations published in the Philippines Commission on Audit report, concerning his management of Priority Development Assistance Fund grants during his tenure as a Philippine Senator.

"Mr Angara's decision to stand down demonstrates a commitment to leading GOPAC by example and not just by holding office," said Akaash Maharaj, GOPAC Executive Director. "His actions are in line with our Code of Conduct, which requires all of us to put the best interests of our anti-corruption mandate ahead of ourselves, and to meet the same standards that we call for in others."

In accordance with its constitution, GOPAC's Vice Chair, Ricardo Garcia Cervantes of Mexico, will assume the duties of the Chair until Mr Angara is able to clear his name. Mr Garcia Cervantes has served as Vice Chair of GOPAC since 2011. He is a former Federal Representative and a former Senator of Mexico, and currently serves as Mexico's Deputy Attorney General for Human Rights, Crime Prevention, and Community Services.

GOPAC is a worldwide alliance of parliamentarians working together to combat corruption, strengthen good government, and uphold the rule of law. Based in Ottawa, Canada, GOPAC has 48 national chapters on 5 continents. GOPAC supports its members' efforts through original research, global anti-corruption capacity building, and international peer support. Visit GOPAC on the web at gopacnetwork.org, on Twitter at twitter.com/GOPAC_Eng, and on Facebook at facebook.com/gopacnetwork.

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