KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Corruption in gov’t is the rule PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:34

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand… because your sins are so many,  and your hostility so great…” (Hosea 9:7, the Holy Bible).

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CORRUPTION IN GOV’T IS THE RULE: I was tempted to say, “prosecutors asking and getting bribes is nothing new, and is in fact known to exist nationwide”, but then, indeed, the more serious question is, why do supposedly honorable men and women engage in corruption in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities? The answer is, corruption is the rule, rather than the exception, and is present in the entire governmental system, since time immemorial.

The perception of many Filipinos is that only the small-time government functionaries demanding and receiving a few pesos and centavos in exchange for favors coming from their offices are the ones getting caught. The more superior officials, or those occupying higher and more powerful and more sensitive positions commit graft and corruption in billions of pesos, and yet go scot-free.

This is the reason why corruption in government goes on, even under a president who is trying hard to project an image that he is clean and untainted by anomalies. Those occupying lower positions know that their superiors are very corrupt in the first place, so they have no qualms about being similarly corrupt. “If my boss in the office is corrupt, why should I not be corrupt, too?” is the lower officials’ question.

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CORRUPTION COMES FROM ANOTHER ANOMALY AMONG FILIPINOS: But this is just one way of looking at the scourge of corruption. The other way is to treat corruption as the end-result of some other more basic anomaly, which is the anomaly of a people who no longer fear and who no longer love God. Because people no longer fear and love God, it is easy for them to do evil things, including, but not limited to, corruption.

So, if I were president of this country, the first thing I would do, as soon as I am installed in Malacanang, is to institute, with a big bang so that this is going to be known far and wide, a system that would bring back people to reading the holy books of their spiritual affiliations, whether it be the Bible or the Koran, and teaching them the power of God.

This is not a “mission impossible”, as it is now actually being done by many government agencies already, even as of now. Examples can be seen in the mandatory recitation of  an “ecumenical prayer” in all courts nationwide, where God is recognized as the Supreme Judge who has the power to cause judges and litigants alike to be truthful and fair in their cases.

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STOPPING CORRUPTION IS NO “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE”: Then, there is also the “moral recovery program” involving elements of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, where the Bible is taught, and sincere praying to God is encouraged, on a weekly basis. Too, there are the countless Bible studies and prayer meetings in many offices and agencies in government everywhere.

But the objective now should be to develop spirituality, not religion. Men and women in government, and the public that deals with them, should be instructed on the lives of people who were blessed by God because they decided to listen to Him and to obey His commands. Principles that deal with love of God (like, “love God with all your heart, mind, and soul”), with love of fellow men (“love your enemies as you love yourself”) should be instilled to those in government.

While no immediately-visible results may come about from these efforts at first, I am sure that constantly exposing our people to the beneficial effects of obeying God’s precepts and commands will have a beneficial effect in the long run, and will compel a turn-around in their thinking, feelings, and action. This will ultimately lessen, if not eliminate, corruption, not only among prosecutors, but in all government as well.

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