Friday, July 13, 2007

Same Old Politics

With the 14th Congress having almost the same members as in the past congresses, it is hard to expect something new. As the election for the House Speakership draws near, the politics of mud-slinging is already dirtying the batasan halls.

Report ng After accusing Speaker Jose de Venecia of lacking the moral ascendancy to keep the speakership, Cebu Representative Pablo Garcia himself came under fire from the speaker’s allies who claimed Garcia himself had been accused of corruption.

Which reminds me of a radio (and TV) ad I heard this morning. The ad tries to rebut the idea that the Philippines is the number one in corruption in Asia. The narrator even cited "authorities" clarifying that the Philippines is not the first and goes on to hit the "opposition" and "de-stabilizers" for spreading false information for their personal interests.

But the fact is, the advertisement didn't directly rebut the idea that the Philippine government and its instrumentalities is corrupt. He misses the point that whether the Philippines is number one man or number two, the country is still corrupt. And instead of lambasting the "opposition" and "de-stabilizers", why not cite the efforts, if any, being done to eliminate corruption? O wala naman talagang ginagawa?

why beat the goose that lays the golden egg? Attack mo na lang kalaban mo para at least me issue. Something like Campbell and No. 10 Downing Street.

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