Thursday, September 21, 2006

Not the form of government but the honesty of public officials

While Thailand is facing coup d' etat, and Panfilo Lacson's idol, Thaksin Shinawatra, is suffering the fate of being ousted, Hungary's prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany, is also in hot water. Just like Gloria Arroyo, he lied not of the elections though but of the economy.

This brings another blow to the Singaw ng Bayan who are advocating the palace-orchestrated people's initiative. Singaw ng Bayan had been advocating a change of government from presidential to parliamentary claiming it to be the solution to the Philippine government's woes. Which is quite unlikely. Both Thailand and Hungary have parliamentary forms of government and still, they are being ravaged by coups and rallies. That is because of the existing leaders that they have. And with Gloria Arroyo whose legitimacy is still being questioned to rule under the parliamentary government, how can we be so certain that things will not be as they happen in Thailand and Hungary?

Well, this only boils down to one thing: it's not only the form of government that works. It is also the sincerity, honesty and transparency of the public officials.

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