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DEAR SENATORS: What Emboldens Crooks


The clearest progress our politicians have achieved so far is progress in corruption.

Martin Luther King once said: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” Prove actor Will Rogers wrong for his belief that “if you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics.”

Solve corruption, but how can we if our leaders are concerned more about politics, personal agenda and their debts of “political gratitude” than the welfare of the nation? They burn in passion for their political future rather than the future of the Motherland.

We have a long-standing, deep-seated problem of corruption in the Philippines.

CrooksTake for example our honorable senators and the Pharmally pandemic deals involving billions of pesos (P11-B) lost to anomalies/greed and which money could have been used to feed millions of hungry, aching stomachs or uplift the agricultural/fishery sectors – to address our food crisis? Such an actuation by our officials is revolting more than the scandal itself. It further emboldens crooks and encourages corruption to high heavens, the nation’s (believe or not) topmost/main problem.

Why did some senators refuse to sign the Gordon Pharmally report to keep the ball of justice rolling? After all the great efforts and courage, time and resources, stress and hullabaloo that were spent/wasted on investigations, hearings, researches, news reports, media hype/sensation, etc. everything has come to naught and the country proceeds going to the dogs. Magiging “lutong macao” lang pala sa lupon ng mga minahal, hinangaan at inihalal nating pulitko.

Stop playing games with politics and gamble with the life/future of the Filipino people. “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” – Amos 5:24

“The only advice I can give you: live with honor and follow your conscience.” – Former Senator Ninoy Aquino

By Reni M. Valenzuela