Officially, liars, cheaters and thieves

I used to think that corruption and criminality in the Philippines were caused by poverty. This isn’t true. It is one thing to see people turn into drug addicts, prostitutes and thieves because of hunger and poverty, but what excuse do the rich, educated people have that could possibly explain their behavior?

 I am mesmerized by these characters. They are not men. They are caricatures of men. To see these “honorable” crooks lambast each other, call each other names, look each other in the eye and accuse the other of committing the very same crimes that they themselves are guilty of it is comical to watch.

I have never seen so many criminals roaming around and looking smug. These criminals wear suits, strut around with the confidence , inspire fear and awe from the very citizens who voted them to power, bear titles like Honorable”, “Senator”, “Justice”, “General and “President. Ironically, these lawless individuals practice law, make laws, enforce the law. And you wonder why the policemen act the way they do! These are their leaders.. Their motto? “Rob the poor, give to the rich.

It makes me wonder where on earth these people came from, and what kind of upbringing they had to make them up to act the way they do for all the world to see. It makes me wonder, what kind of environment would produce such creatures who can lie, cheat and steal from an already indebted country and from the
impoverished people they serve. It makes me wonder what their children and grandchildren think of them, and if they are breeding a whole new generation of improved Filipino crooks and liars.

This government can’t provide enough of the basic services that people expect and deserve. Rutty roads, poor educational system, poor social services, poor health services, poor everythiing.

 Thieves for presidents. Senators who are crooks. Congressmen who accept bribes. Big time lawyers on the side of injusstce. Security men providing anything but security. And it’s all about money, money, money. Is it any wonder why the few remaining decent and hardworking citizens are leaving to go work in other countries?

 Once again these poor people are ruled by a power-hungry president The president has time and again turned a blind eye on her husband’s shady financial deals. With all that is happening, she opts to traipse around the world with her cohorts in tow while her country is in shambles Filipinos are no longer capable of showing disgust. I agree. Many feel anger at the brazenness of these men and women and are embarrassessed to share the same nationality with them. These issues will later affect the children of an already impoverished nation.

Those who do not have the wealth, power or position they need to battle the crime lords in the government can pray. Not to some diety,  to God. They (govt. officials) cannot be more powerful than God!

Mothers raise your children the best way you can. Do not smother, pamper, or lavish them with too much of the material comforts of life even if you can well afford them. Teach them that there are more important things in this world. Fathers spend time with your children, teach them the virtues of hard work, honesty, fair play, sharing, dignity and compassion right from the start till they are old enough to go on their own. Not just in your homes, but at work, in school, everywhere you go. Be a good role model. Set an example for your children so they will learn to be responsible adults.

Teachers should encourage their students to be aware of what is happening in their surroundings. Instill in them a love of their country, teach them the value of perseverance in order to gain real, worthwhile knowledge, help mold the children into honorable men and women. Encourage your graduates, your best and brightest, to do what they can to lift this country from the mire. The youth is the future of the Philippines . They  will repopulate the seats of power with good leaders, presidents, senators, congressmen, justices, lawmakers, law enforcers and lawful citizens if they are taught well. Look around and get involved in what is happening. Don’t let your youth be an excuse for failure to concern yourselves with the realities you see. But neither let this make you cynical, because your idealism and fresh perspective is needed just as you need the wisdom of your elders.

There are a just a handful who are capable of running this country now (maybe there is no one). Filipino’s need brave idealistic leaders who will think of the greater good before anything else. Leaders who have some good strong Christian values.

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