Pinoys antidote to moral decay, say-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
FORMER Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson said the Filipino people are the antidote to the moral decay that is happening within the political system and even in society amid the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
"The formula for the efficacy of that antidote is the people's vigilance to guard against the complacency, deliberate, or otherwise of those in charge in bringing this matter to a logical conclusion," Lacson said in his keynote speech delivered to some 140 guests during the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. 9th General Membership Meeting Friday at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City.
He also said that this conclusion is justice for all the taxpayers and for future tax payers.
"I believe there is no better time to defeat corruption than now. When public consciousness and awareness are at its highest and when people are angry and informed on issues involved and people involved in the crime," he said.
Lacson warned that the public must be vigilant on issues like PDAF, otherwise, the plague of corruption "will surely and quickly kill" these present and even the future generations.
He added that over the years corruption has become a venom that flows through the veins of society.
"People have chosen not to mind it anymore in spite of seeing occasionally images of poverty and disease, of ignorance and injustice when they turn on their TV in contrast to the opulent and blatant display of stolen wealth by those who profit from corruption," said Lacson.
He also said that there are times when people, especially the poor and the uneducated, look up to these corrupt officials as their providers especially during election season when dole out comes easy. Worse, he added, is electing these officials again and again, thus, granting them permission to steal some more.
"Slowly but surely, moral decay continues to spread unabasively," said Lacson.
In closing, Lacson expressed optimism that President Benigno S. Aquino III can provide the moral ascendancy the country needs more than any other leader before him. There is no better defining moment for him than to show the way towards the straight path.
"I sincerely hope he (PNoy) does not miss opportunity to listen to the loud voice of his boss, the Filipino," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 28, 2013.