It"s not true that the Straight Path is the solution to eradicating poverty. There are a lot of countries in Asean where corruption is rampant, but they have been able to eradicate or vastly reduce poverty.
Amidst the different issues of corruption and illegalities, the country ranked 94th out of 177 countries in the survey conducted by the Corruption Perception Index and scored 36 out of 100 (with 0 perceived as highly corrupt and 100 as perceived as a very clean country) (Transparency International , 2014). This is an improvement of 40 spots from 134th in 2010.
In Malaysia, the ruling party United Malays National Organization (UMNO) has been associated with a lot of corruption scandals, the latest being the Prime Minister Najib Razak allegedly siphoning off $682 million from a state investment fund to his private bank account. However, Malaysia under the UMNO has essentially been able to eliminate poverty.
The country over the past year receives a positive and upgrade from the three major international credit rating agencies, the Fitch Ratings, the Standard and Poor, and the Moodys (Office of the President of the Philippines, 2013). These improvements had given a positive impact to the country"s image especially in the economic sector as more investors invest in the country and more businesses are getting confident to the Philippine economy.
China, which has lifted hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty through double-digit growth for the past 30 years, will probably snicker about good governance being the solution to poverty and mass unemployment. The mere fact that China"s President Xi Jinping is engaging in a massive anti-corruption campaign reaching into the highest levels of the Communist Party shows that China didn"t exactly follow the "straight path" solution to economic growth.
The PNoy"s Social Contract to the Filipino People serves as the vision of the president and his administration for the Philippines and the Medium Term Development Plan serves as the projects for the realization of the Social Contract. These two documents are the promises of good governance by the administration. "This platform is a commitment to change that Filipinos can depend on" (A social contract to the Filipino people, 2010).