Love of country-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
WHAT one Korean famously said about our problem not being corruption but lack of love for country might just be right. We do love our country but rarely to a point that it trumps the more self-serving love for our families. Many of us care for family interests without minding how these might affect the bigger community.
The litter, the dirt and stink in our streets are certainly proofs that we do not have pride of place. Of course, the pork barrel scam is the latest of a string of proofs that government officials are not only indifferent to the nation’s welfare but also willing to run the country to the ground for love of their families.
This problem is further compounded by the fact that those who do care for the country are scared away by militant activists who love the promotion of their ideology more than the country’s welfare. The latter are wildly in love with their eventual take-over of the country’s wealth and power through an ideology-dictated method for social change, namely armed struggle.
They refuse any fresh reading of the signs of the times and insist on their violent and godless ideology as the only guide for social change. Consequently, they not only scare peace-loving and mostly God-fearing Filipinos away but also belittle the contribution of politically colorless social activists. They have also been willing to decimate their ranks with bloody purges to maintain the purity of their ideology as defined by leaders whose comfortable lives abroad, by the way, are not any different from the life on cloud nine of our national officials.
Thanks to the utter depravity of the pork barrel scam, a new method of change has emerged. Concerned Filipinos braved asking fellow countrymen to gather in protest against the pork barrel as ordinary citizens sans red banners, for instance, that the former perceive to serve no other purpose than promote a feared ideology.
This spontaneous merging of small groups of concerned citizens has proven itself capable of making authorities listen in the case of the pork barrel scam. Hence, it’s a matter now of keeping the pressure up so they do the right thing with Ms. Napoles which is to squeeze the whole truth out of her on what I think is the heavier guilt of lawmakers and officials involved in the scam.
Janet Lim Napoles did not betray anybody’s trust and is not really on trial here. On trial are those officials involved with her in the scam. Theirs is the heavier guilt of betraying the people’s trust even if they simply allowed themselves, as they claim, to be duped by Napoles.
In any case, united by love of country and not divided by ideology, Filipinos must keep the pressure up until the guilty have been punished.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 04, 2013.