September 4, 2013

Corruption in Philippine Government: A hopeless case?

If we conduct a survey why middle class Filipino families are migrating to other parts of the world we will be surprised that one of the many reasons that they will cite is the shameless graft and corruption in the Philippine government.

Corruption scandals have been a shadow that has constantly tailed the Philippines since the Marcos regime up to the present Aquino government. Let us take for example the present Aquino government. For almost a month now many elected government officials has been plagued by accusation of corruption labelled as the pork barrel scam.

The question that begs to be answered now is this: Can we still defeat the culture of corruption in the Philippine bureaucracy? Yes we can still slay this evil in Philippine governance however it will be a pipe dream if we will say that we can exterminate it within the time span of five to ten years.

But all is not lost because there’s still hope and it rest on the shoulders of the present political leaders of this country. If only they will think of crafting a law that will make the evils of corruption and its corresponding punishments a permanent subject matter in our entire educational system. It will start during elementary up to the last year of college. So that strong value formation is inculcated in the minds of the future leaders this country.

Defeating this evil called corruption is not a hopeless case. This is actually a doable objective lets just give it a time frame perhaps ten to twenty years. By then we will hopefully have a new crop of leaders with strong values formation against corruption. - Marino J. Dasmarinas