Thursday, February 21, 2008

How proud are you to be a Filipino?

The mistakes of the past are being vulgarly displayed once again in the ZTE-NBN deal mess. Haven’t we learned a single truth about corruption? Haven’t we stood up and took up several revolutions to denounce corruption?

This stinking political mess is a big shame. From my point of view, I’ll approach this in a very simple way of putting justice where it is due. Support the truth, condemn the evil deed and penalize the wrong-doers.

Let’s face it. The Philippines is a corrupt place. With the exception of a chosen few, who I revered as real public servants, the political scenario in the Philippines is still in Dark Ages. People get away with corruption easily, as if it is normal for them to do it since they are supposedly the people’s representative.

True progress in this country can not just be shown in economic numbers. True progress can be shown in how the country deals with issues like ZTE-NBN scams. It should really take place from the roots and not from the invented-painted-look so good economic numbers of our government leaders. There is truth to the growth rate but we never matured politically. Or maybe, I would say, we are regressing politically.

Our OFWs have sent 14.5 billion US dollars to fuel our economy. There are just so many poor Filipino souls that sacrifice a lot of their personal joys just to keep their family in good position. Those sacrifices are keeping this country afloat. It is not the people in the government who are doing the sacrifices to make this country, once and for all, an identity to be proud of.

What happened to the beautiful Philippines? The world has grown so fast leaving us at the bottom of the heap, a disgrace to our neighbors, making us an ever struggling identity trying to survive.

How many of us wanted to migrate to better countries that provide opportunities? How many of us wanted to work abroad so that our family can have their education, food and security? How of us wanted to wave the Filipino flag on top of the world and showcase our ingenious resolve and natural talents?

With people like Abalos, Arroyo and other “below the radar” thieves in the government, HOW MANY OF US ARE TRULY PROUD TO BE FILIPINOS?

1 comment:

rheaangela said...

Times like these, it's hard to be proud. I was proud only twice, after the EDSA revolution in '86 and after EDSA 2 which I was a part of in a small way.