The culture of corruption in our country PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 July 2018 14:27

By Remedios F. Marmoleño


Corruption in government is not a character of government exclusive to the Philippines. Corruption is found in almost all countries in the world so let us take a little consolation from that fact.  Perhaps what we should consider more closely is why corruption is so rampant in the Philippines  and why those who are corrupt tend to get away so often and so easily.

The last two  leaders of government in South Korea were charged for corruption, found guilty, and are now in jail.

Malaysia changed Prime Ministers in the May 2018  election and Najib Razak was replaced by Mohammad Mahathir who won.  Razak has now been charged with corruption, his residences raided and he might just wind up in jail.

Do we know anyone very high up in government  in recent ( even not so recent) history of the Philippines who wound up in jail  after being found guilty of corruption? Our people rose against  Ferdinand Marcos and his Imelda and sent them scuttling to Hawaii but they never stayed a day in jail in spite of the looting of the Philippine treasury on a grand scale. Imelda and the children came back after a few years from Hawaii, not to be imprisoned but to win the election as congressional representative, senator  and governor ( Imelda, Ferdinand Jr. and Imee, respectively. Ferdinand Sr. was given the ultimate honor of being buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. How he is a bayani is something that will be explained to us in the Second[R1]   Coming.

Know anyone else who should be added to the list above? Gloria Arroyo was charged for  corruption in a number of cases. But after staying in hospital detention and house arrest for a couple of years she was ultimately freed and  is now a congressional representative. And she also gave up her neck brace which leads me to think it was just a prop in her campaign to get sympathy from the easily fooled Filipino public.

Senators Enrile and Estrada also convinced the court to set them free from detention on bail even though the charge against them was for plunder which is considered nonbailable.  You figure how that was arranged.

Under this administration of the reformist (kuno) president we have had a number of his own people involved in corruption but no one has gone to jail though a number have left the offices they were appointed to.

We have had a number of declarations by prominent Filipinos of why corruption is so rampant in the Philippines.  My own theory about this is that corruption will not be stopped unless we make it unprofitable for a particular official or his family. And to make the official or his family feel hiya for the corruption undertaken. How can this be made to happen? Charge the erring official in  court, build the case very tightly, and when the official is found guilty garnish his/her  personal property and then send him/her to jail for a long, long time.