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Why is it so hard to do the right thing in this country?

February 17, 2008

Ricky Carandang asks that question…

In the ZTE story, Jun Lozada and Romy Neri tried to play ball with the powers-that-be and as long as they did they were fine. But when they began to talk about the corruption in the ZTE National Broadband deal, security forces surrounded their homes, shadowed them, harasssed them and basically made their lives a living hell.  Neri succumbed just in time to stop short of implicating Gloria and Mike Arroyo.  Once it was clear that he wouldn’t spill the beans, the harassment stopped.  Lozada took a more difficult path.  He went before the senate and testified to what he knew.  What did he get for his effort?  He was apparently kidnapped by security forces and was almost liquidated  had his family not made such a public stink.  Now he’s facing the full force of the law.  Charges for perjury, allegations of corruption (which he doesn’t deny; but  what’s a few thousand goats compared to $200 million?).   Lozada may very well go to jail for testifying before the senate while those he has accused of pocketing billions of pesos remain uninvestigated and unpunished.

Ed Panlilio was elected governor of Pampanga on a wave of public disgust over Mark Lapid and Lilia Pineda.  He promptly stopped the graft from at province’s quarrying operations and raised an exponentially higher amount of Pampanga’s  revenues from quarrying by simply not stealing anything.  What was his reward? An uprising by corrupt traditional politicians deprived of their graft. Panlilio is now in serious danger of being removed from office by the champions of the old order.

Members of the Makati Business Club who called for the resignations of Lito Atienza and Romy Neri now face the prospect of the BIR auditing their businesses, while the biggest tax evaders in the country operate with impunity and bend regulation at will.

The ethical and logical contortions that the mind has to undertake in order to  justify the persecution of Lozada and Panlilio and at the same time completely disregard the alleged wrongdoing that they stood against is way beyond my intellectual capabilities.  It seems that the punishments that other societies reserve for wrongdoers is being exclusively applied to those who would dare to do the right thing.

When I was a kid, I used to read a lot of comic books. I remember in one of those comics,  Superman travelled to Bizarro World, where everything was the opposite of what it was supposed to be. Wrongdoing was cheered, while ethical behavior was punished.  Is Gloria Arroyo’s Philippines the real life Bizarro World?

Lifted from Ricky Carandang’s blog post.

We all know that this government has so many issues… negative issues. And i think the bad deeds has out-wayed the good ones.

I guess its time to join the move for change.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2008 4:17 pm

    Yes, now is the time to join the move for change, if not now? When?

    The problem is we have allowed this to happen for so long, Greed & Corruption is like a jar of Jalapeños. What you do today…………….. might burn your A$$ tomorrow.

  2. February 19, 2008 12:31 am

    Just drop by , read your post thanks

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