Corruption (And Everything Else) In The Philippines?

8 02 2011

I understand that Corruption (the country’s Big C) is a big issue in the Philippines, especially as of late.

What I do not understand though is the seeming blindness of certain Filipinos about all this considering some of the very people who cry the loudest against corruption there are the same one who benefit (directly or undirectly) from these practices. And worse the very same ones who cry the loudest are the very same ones who absolutely do nothing about it.

Also what I do not understand is how this same group of people would vote in the same “corrupt” people into public office and believe things would change or that these people wouldn’t be corrupt and bite them back  and that they aren’t to blame for that (this one cracks me up).

[I know I am not a very “understanding” person]

Lastly, I shiver in the thought that people who are pointing a finger at a corrupt public official aren’t really squeaky clean themselves or are more “corrupt” themselves… [shaking in my boots here]

I know…

And this brings into remembrance what President Noynoy Aquino has once said…

 “Walang lamangan, walang padrino at walang pagnanakaw. Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow, walang tong. Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap. Hindi lamang ito pang slogan o pang poster, ito ang mga prinsipyong tinatayuan at nagsisilbing batayan ng ating administrasyon.”

[I’ll try to translate that into English as best as I can…”No selfish interests, no (illegal/immoral) leveraging and no stealing (from the government coffers). No illegal sirens (on vehicles), no driving on the wrong side of the road, no bribes . If there is no corruption, there will be no poor people. This is not a slogan or for posters (publicity) but this is the principle that our administration will build and stand on .” President PNOY]

And so we go back to why corruption and other illegal activities in the Philippines are in the spotlight (as it should be). But people, do not be deceived. Corruption and all those things happen all over the world, yes even in the most advanced and the “richer” countries (often even worse).

And it is not that hard to find these information out as almost everything is at our own reach because of the current technology.

But guess what, it just dawned on me that, maybe, just maybe the Philippines really needed somebody like President Noynoy Aquino to be president at this present time just for the single reason of finally exposing these ills in Philippine politics and society.

I know that you may say that “exposing” is not the right term as this kind of things are public knowledge anyway. But rather somebody “clean” or perceived to be clean is just the right person to be elected to have a presidency wherein corruption and all it’s related ills can finally be placed in the forefront and finally tackled headon.

I asked this on the public forum Yahoo Answers Philippines.

Click here if you care to put in your two cents worth.

[And just me thinking out aloud again, two US cents are worth about One Philippine Peso and I am guessing it is good enough to buy a cheap hard local candy off a street vendor… enjoy]

The 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Presidents of the Republic of the Philippines

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The (current and) 15th President