Editorial: Our role as citizens-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
BY THIS time, many of us may already be heaving sighs of disgust, as scams upon scams are surfacing.
In the past few months, there was the PDAF, then the DAP, not the Malampaya funds.
Just trying to comprehend where billions of pesos are leaking out into greedy private hands is already sickening. It's tiring, it's draining, such that many will tend to just shut their eyes and ears to ignore the news and no longer try to be uptodate with developments.
If we do, then all these will be swept under the rug and the greedy will continue on their merry ways.
When the sh-t hits the fan, there'll be sh-t on everyone. It had, and everyone is soiled. We can either allow the soiled to run away and clean up, or we can sniff them all out and let them account for the excrement splattered on them as well as thresh out where the excrement came from.
There's a mess, all right. But that's how the guilty ones would like it. The more excrement thrown around, the less people would want to dig in, while they slink off and wipe the dirt off; blame the past administration, even.
That's an old trick that people still seem to fall for we lost sight of what really matters and who should really be held accountable because just about every politician's action after being caught in some misdoing is to try to disappear from view squid tactic some call it.
Good governance demands trust. Trust is now lost, we do not even know who among the politicians are not tarnished, the people themselves have to move in and make sure that government will no longer be allowed to live behind the thick walls they have built around themselves, which have allowed them to dig deep into the people's money to satiate personal greed.
For so long, people have been demanding transparency and accountability, but government would always say they cannot do that for national security.
Now, they have been exposed to be hiding their greed instead of protecting national security; as a result, those who want to wash their hands of the filth that is being thrown around are promising that the years long clamor for freedom of information will be given priority.
Let us not allow them to take back their words and ensure that this time, a real Freedom of Information Bill is passed into law, and let us make sure that that Freedom of Information does promise freedom of information and will not just be another law to gag journalists and civil society from exposing the ills this government is steeped in.
Senator Franklin Drilon said the FOI is now among the priority bills in the Senate and that they will be expected to act on it by the start of 2014. Let us make sure they do that; let us raise our voices in unity to demand that. But most of all, let us raise our voices in unity to demand accountability for all of these. It is no longer enough to blame past administrations when we already know that the present administration is just as tarnished. Let them all face up and fess up.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 23, 2013.