Why do Filipinos have corrupt politicians? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 October 2015 13:02

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion… Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain…Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice’…” (Habakkuk 2:6, 9, and 12, the Holy Bible).

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WHY DO FILIPINOS HAVE CORRUPT POLITICIANS? For the longest time I can remember, Filipinos have been ruled by officials who are clearly incompetent, inept, corrupt, and who have no qualms about cheating their way to office and, if their terms have run out, about maneuvering so their husbands, wives, sons and daughters, and even brothers and sisters and, at times, their parents, substituting them as candidates.

The question really is, why are Filipinos governed by these kinds of politicians? Better yet, how come Filipinos have been submissive to these kinds of political leaders? I am sure our countrymen know the character of the politicians soliciting their votes every election time, and know that many of them are really rotten to the core.

Yet, how come Filipinos have been installing the same politicians over and over again? How come Filipinos seem to have been meekly accepting these politicians, as if there were no other more competent, more qualified, and more righteous, candidates? What, really, is wrong with Filipino voters?

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SOMETHING GRAVELY WRONG WITH FILIPINOS: I guess that nobody would be willing to admit that something is wrong with him, as a voter, as a father, mother, son, daughter, or as a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines. But then, with the kind of political system that we have now, including the kind of system of electing our political leaders, we cannot deny that something is gravely wrong with all of us.

Indeed, when officials who have no background at all on administrative work, on legislation, or even on the presidency, get elected, even overwhelmingly sometimes, something is wrong, not only with the electorates, but more so with the person who got elected by the people despite his lack of qualification and competence.

How can someone who knows he cannot do the job even aspire to be elected, to a position which requires a lot of mental work and which demands tons of integrity and righteousness to avoid succumbing to temptations? And how can our people, unless cheated massively through instruments like the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines whose security features have been removed, even vote for these officials?

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WAY OUT FROM PRESENT SOCIO-POLITICAL MALADIES: Is there a way out of this socio-political malady which has gripped, literally and figuratively, the entire Filipino nation by the neck? My belief is that, yes, there is a way out of this problem, to enable all sectors of Filipinos, particularly the poor and the marginalized, to be governed by truly good men, and then tread the path of success and prosperity.

Filipinos should be taught that good leaders—those who will really work and care for the interest of their countrymen, not of their own interests or the interests alone of their families—are those whose way of life are governed by spirituality, or those who read the Word of God, the Bible, and then obey the commands written therein.

Filipinos should learn that knowing God’s commands and living their lives around those commands are the only sure-fire formulas that would empower them not only with economic advancement and material prosperity, but with peace and contentment that would remove greed and man’s hunger for power and influence, oftentimes the root of graft and corruption.

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