Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said that his department would soon set up a website with the customs and tax bureaus through which people could anonymously tip off authorities about crimes such as smuggling and tax evasion.
“This will allow people to maintain their anonymity in complaining or sending information to us.”
Purisima said he was inspired by a case in China where someone took a picture of a corrupt bureaucrat wearing an expensive Rolex watch and posted the picture on the Internet, leading to the prosecution of the official.
He said that with so many Filipinos carrying camera-equipped mobile phones, it would be harder for smugglers, tax evaders and other criminals to hide evidence of their misdeeds.
PNOY, who won presidential elections in May by a landslide, has vowed to eradicate the corruption that has plagued the Philippines for generations.
PNOY endorsed using the Internet in his anti-graft campaign, saying that many cyber-savvy citizens would be eager to help in ferreting out cases of ill-gotten wealth.