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2010 And The Philippines As A Corruption ‘Hot Spot’

May 26, 2009

corruption and hello garci

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL CORRUPTION MAP WITH RP RANKING INSET AND NOTESThe weekend came and went almost uneventfully with coffee and barbershop talk of your everyday Pinoy scene watchers-cum-pundits-cum- doom-and-naysayers preoccupied with either the latest video sex scandals or their bets in the coming elections.

So it was that the death of former NBI deputy chief Samuel Ong went largely unnoticed except by Filipinos concerned about how the truth about scams and scandal involving the government of the day has been suppressed.

Samuel Ong was the moral giant who dared try to speak out the infamous wiretapped ‘Hello Garci’ recordings.

Malacanang is, of course, pooh-pooing as “old hat and worthless” any renewed questions about Hello Garci and how it pointed to massive fraud in the 2004 elections.

As if public anger as no value, two individuals who’ve hugged the headlines over their alleged intimate involvement in scams, former elections commissioner Virgilio Garcillano and ex agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn ‘Joc Joc Bolante have both announced electoral buds!

But electoral fraud and its twin brother: corruption, can never be waved away.

The global report of Transparency International for 2008 points to how the Philippine is woefully ranked at a near basement level #141 among countries will a dismal corruption index, placing it in a tie with Iran and Yemen!

WTF  has really happened to us?

Between the Philippines being rated second behind Sudan as having the most number of internal refugees with 600,000 Filipinos displaced by civil war, and being tagged as most corrupt in Asia and 141st globally, whoever succeeds Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Malacanang will really have its hands full restoring faith in the integrity of public institutions with Filipinos in and out of government doing their bit to minimize if not eliminate corruption,

The next administration will have a fresh mandate to put our situation aright but will it have the political will and moral courage to go after those who committed high crimes while in office?

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