I would have written this earlier, but the super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan destruction in the Visayas region and the inept handling by the national government of the human crisis that followed thereafter, specifically in Tacloban City, in Leyte, was a hot topic that I could not help but put my frustration in writing about it.
Even as the situation in the typhoon-ravaged places are gradually improving, thanks to the overwhelming humanitarian response in any way, shape and form from the international community and from the country’s private sector, lamentably the subject of politics and corruption continues to pervade relative to the manner the relief essentials are being given/distributed to the survivors.
Now, still talking about corruption, the infamous Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the members of congress that triggered the P10-billion pork barrel scam, is now out of the picture as the Supreme Court, in a 14-0 ruling, declared it unconstitutional.
Finally corruption has been solved! Right?
Perhaps, there will never be a scam again as scandalously monstrous in amount as the Janet Lim-Napoles case, but to say that we have seen the end of corruption in Congress is not only an understatement, but totally absurd.
Somehow, to be ‘anomalous’ is in their system and as members of Congress, be he a senator or a congressman, it is incumbent upon them to look for ways where they could earn money to sustain the lifestyle they have been used to all these years. Besides, they are not called ‘crocodiles’ in Congress for nothing.
But, seriously, I am still hoping that instead of working just for their own selfish interest, that they should start shifting gears and go for the interest and welfare of the people whom they have been sworn to represent and serve.
All the need to do is make deep and intense soul-searching, but most especially reflect on what Pope Francis said during his impassioned sermon in one of the masses held inside Casa Santa Marta, the guest house he has lived in since being elected pontiff in March.
Quoting from the Gospel of St Luke in the New Testament, he said: “Jesus says ‘It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea’,” because “where there is deceit, the Spirit of God cannot be”.
While Francis’ impassioned sermon may have been referring to corruption within the Vatican, where he told the Church in May that it “must go forward… with a heart of poverty, not a heart of investment or of a businessman” reminding it that “St Peter did not have a bank account”, yet it might as well have been directed also to politicians and lawmakers of this country.
The pope described those involved in corrupt practices as “whitewashed tombs”, explaining that “they appear beautiful from the outside, but inside they are full of dead bones and putrefaction.” He said: “A life based on corruption is varnished putrefaction.”
What is the penalty then for the corrupt?
Tie them to a rock and throw them in the sea.
What a splendid way to end corruption!
If only we can.