Responsible critics

June 26, 2020

IN the Philippines, where the people go to the polls every three years to kick out erring elected officials, democracy flourishes when the people’s complaints are acted upon by the state.

And through the powerful Office of the Ombudsman, the national government wages a total war against official corruption, setting its eyes closely over graft-prone offices and agencies.

Today, well-meaning government officials, including House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, a former member of the Senate, welcomed what he described as responsible criticism and activism.

“This is activism at its truest and finest form – when we make a difference not by tearing things down, but by finding things to fix and building something better from it,” said Speaker Cayetano.

What the country needs, he said, are activists that will not blow up churches and airports, kill soldiers and policemen but help solve our many problems that hamper the nation’s development.

The top honcho of the House of Representatives made the statement during a joint hearing of the House committees on good government and public accountability and on public accounts.

At the same time, the House speaker from Taguig City urged the country’s lawmakers to express constructive criticisms, pointing out that oppositionists are needed in a true and vibrant democracy.

We share the view of many that there’s a need to give responsible critics all the help they need to be able to go after those who make a mockery of the administration’s anti-corruption crusade.

And people believe that President Duterte is in a position to pin down all the corrupt men and women in the government service because of his reputation as a graft-buster and an honest public servant.

Hataw pa, President Digong!