Napoles to me…

… is merely the most recent face of a problem that has been plaguing our country for decades — yung problema ng katiwalian na sobrang gahaman at walang takot.

Sabi ng iba, “Impunity” daw ang tawag dito. Pero masyadong impersonal para sa akin ang salitang ‘yun… sounds like “Immunity” nga eh. Well, bahagi nga rin pala yun ng problema. Pero kulang talaga yung dating nung salita… hindi kayang i-convey yung baho… yung kahayupan… yung kawalanghiyaan… yung kawalan ng puso na involved.

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Para sa akin, the more apt description of the problem would be “sobra-sobrang kawalan ng konsiyensya” — i.e., a total lack of conscience among these corrupt officials and kababayans of ours. This sets them apart from those na tinaguriang “corrupt pero may pakinabang naman.”

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying na kapag “may pakinabang” ang isang kawatan ay excused na yung mga kalokohan niya. Far from it! They are just as guilty of the crime as the rest and are just as deserving to be punished. Nabanggit ko lang sila to contrapose with the even worse kind of thief.

Siya na kaya ang huli?

Don’t bet on it. Tiyak meron pang mga katulad niya na nasa gilid-gilid lang.

It’s gonna take more than simply abolishing the Pork Barrel to sort out this mess our country’s in.

Kawawang Pilipinas. Totoo nga yung kasabihan na “a country’s main resource are its people.” Pero in our case, mga kababayan din natin mismo yung sumpa. 😦

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