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The Bane of Corruption

Stop corruption

If corruption for Filipinos remains pervasive, even heightened during the pandemic, as the UN rights body recently reported in its periodic review, how bad or worse can the situation get?

The bane of corruption goes beyond robbery of the people’s money. It robs government officials of conscience, virtue and wisdom, even common sense, in leading the country.

“Everyone else is corrupt. So let me have a share of the loot.” This is the mantra/alibi of crooks, much less of those who (from the outset) satiate and salivate over budget allocations for their respective offices/departments/agencies. Corruption gets bolder and more brazen – both at the national and local level. Only the blind as a bat won’t see what stares them in the face.

Corruption and justiceEconomic progress is realized before it is achieved and previous to the upsurge of GDP and GNP. Solving degradation comes first in antecedence over solving inflation. Thus, let beating corruption be an integral part of the nation’s economic program, and so rip out what impedes progress.

Every known and unknown problem we have is “blood-related” to corruption, if not altogether stems from corruption. Progress has a tag price and it is never a price that is measurable by money. Address graft and corruption first and foremost – and we’ll all be on our way to making the simple Filipino dream of a good/decent life come true. (1 Kings 2:3, Proverbs 16:3, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 33:12).

True success happens ahead of tangible blessings. And the downfall of a nation starts from within. “National progress is the sum of individual industry, energy and uprightness, as national decay is of individual idleness, selfishness, and vice.” – Samuel Smiles

Unshackle the curse.

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