BATTLE CRY: GRAFT AND CORRUPTION
LEADERSHIP GOALS AND VISION
Santiago believes in a mixed economy comprising the private sector, the government or public sector, and a revitalized cooperative sector. She proposes that the cooperative sector should be encouraged, especially among low-income families, as a means by which the disadvantaged can acquire assets and become participants in our market economy. She says that in areas where the private and cooperative sectors can operate profitably and efficiently, there is no need for the government to enter and compete. Instead, it should engage in economic activities only in strategic areas such as power generation, and armaments, or in key industries where the private and cooperative sectors do not wish to enter, such as machine tools and alternative energy development.
She aims to reform the justice system and provide for continuous trials; to fight graft and corruption by corruption prevention departments, defining and prohibiting political dynasties and rooting out scalawags in the military; to strengthen foreign and domestic investments by providing a free trade environment and aggressive promotion of export-oriented direct foreign investments.
1988 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for government service for her " bold and moral leadership in cleaning up a corrupt agency" (Commission on Immigration)