Murillo: Human, humane and the PDAF scam

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By Evangeline Murillo

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Thursday, June 26, 2014


THE PDAF scam has been in the papers for so long now, blowing towards different directions, one can no longer follow where it will lead to.

Will the controversy become more intense, like fire in the wilderness or will it snuff out and die a natural death leaving a few insignificant embers behind?

To be linked to such a high level of corruption is devastating, especially for the three government officials known to be vote getters and winners in elective positions. The average layman not prone to too much politics waits and sees. Though a conclusion resides at the back of his mind, this is better left unvoiced and silent for a while. On the other hand, to be associated directly to a scam that’s worth a monstrous amount of money, that could have been used but was not, for the poor to live out of poverty for sometime or out of illnesses for a longer time, is horribly selfish, or should I say, cruel.

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It is unbelievable, that senators of such calibre like Mang Johnny Enrile and the movie actors Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada could have even imagined doing it. But then again, human is as human does. The temptations to do wrong when the right stares a person in the eye, are so strong. A lot of money can be used for private purposes and it is another commodity that spells power. Many, not only senators or government officials close their eyes instead and move on to yield to what may eventually cause their positions, their name in the public’s view, and people’s trust.

What about Napoles? Did she not even think of the suffering Filipinos, those sick of cancer and other diseases that need high medical maintenance but cannot afford, the disabled who cannot find jobs but ask for government’s help in one way or the other? Most of them line up at the PCSO waiting for assistance, but not everyone can get help. Even middle income families cannot afford to access expensive medical treatment for their loved ones. Yet, there are those who refuse to see this situation or close their eyes to the needs of the people and keep for themselves what otherwise would have made life easier for many who have less.

Sad and unfortunate, but being human has its weak points. Despite the fact that being human is as natural as grass growing, it’s still better to be human but humane. To be human is to be subject to errors and weaknesses like anger and rage, revenge, greed, lust and all the corresponding traits that go with these. Being human can also mean being loving, and most of all being rational and logical.

To be humane is to transcend what is human. The vulnerability of being human can find strength and fulfilment in becoming humane. To be humane is to be human in the best way, the kindest , most loving way. It is a characteristic of a human being who has grown beyond the limits of his humanity...in a most gentle and refined way. In fact , to be humane carries with it a little of the Almighty’s divinity. Instead of self interest, to be humane is to be able to see the needs of those less fortunate and to be able to find ways to alleviate other people’s pressing and most basic needs. To be humane is to choose what is right and just, not the opposite. To be humane is to be kind, not selfish, to be quiet, not complaining, to be generous, instead of getting what belongs to others, to be honest and not to hide the truth to save one’s face, to be faithful to one’s words and loved ones instead of yielding to the easy, sleazy ways of others. To be humane is to become better than what you already are, in goodness and in respect for others.

We cannot make conclusions at this time on whether the senators involved and Ms. Napoles and their associates are indeed guilty. We can only pray that scams as expansive as this will never happen again.

Also, let’s be more careful with people we put into office. To enrich oneself by taking what is due the needy and the nation’s progress is very sad. This sadness cries out to heaven and heaven must be crying and looking. Careful, and tread gently Baguio!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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