The anomalous CTE-NBN Broadband Deal once again reminded every Filipinos about the worsening corruption problem in our country.
Corruption is the hub of all these brouhaha. In the Philippines and in some other countries like ours, Politics and government is actually synonymous with corruption. It’s very sad that at the very heart of governance, down from the Sangguniang Kabataan to the Barangay level up to the City or Provincial government to the house of senate and congress and ultimately, to the powers in MalacaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±ang, there’s corruption.
I really wonder why up to this time, these politicians can still make us believe that there were dire needs for the existence of Intelligence Funds (IF) and pork barrels when I see these resources as among a good source for corruption. Why? Because these funds, like the Mowel Fund for artists, need not be audited. Imagine, millions of pesos for these politicians
personal consumption and there’s no need for accountability! How convenient!
How can we promote transparency in the government if we allow
cohorts politicians to utilize government’s money for their personal desire or expenditure?
Rodolfo Jun Lozada’s testimony along with the gutless revelation of former NEDA Secretary Romulo Neri proved one thing to me, that corruption in the government is worth billion $$$ dollars. Imagine, the ZTE Contractors can afford $200 million payoff for one person (for Neri alone, it’s too painstaking to think anymore of the supposed kickbacks of Abalos and the rest of the legion). What does this mean? It means that there is so much money involved in corruption that the amount may even be enough to pay off our country’s debts!
With Lozada and Joey de Venecia being hailed as heroes for being whistle blowers, another sad reality is unfolding — that the moral standard of the Filipinos are deteriorating. As a political scientist said in his interview, it is distressing that whistle blowers like Chavit Singson during Erap’s regime were considered “heroes” for telling and exposing the truth when everyone, as in all of us, should make it a habit to tell the truth and be honest. As it is, truthfulness and integrity seem to be an unpopular ethical standard these days. Witnesses to corruption and whistle blowers are somehow a commodity so when some surfaces, they are treated as heroes.
In conclusion, I hope that there would be more Gov. Ed Panlilio in the government who would expose and speak out when given a handful of
dirty money posing as “cash gifts” from MalacaÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â±ang. I hope that there would be more “new breed” of young politicians who have upright ideals and morals. I hope I was there with the people in Makati fearlessly waving placards and shouting damnation to all corrupted, twisted and evil politicians and everyone (businessmen, government officials/officers and all others) who were part of the scam.
I hope there’s hope. #
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