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One Small Voice
Thursday, October 24, 2013
WHAT is happening now is WRONG.
War between all the parties involved is pervasive, protracted and prolonged -- this is exactly what is happening. There is the administration, on one hand, and the opposition, on the other hand. There is also the government, on one hand, and the people as represented by various groups and by various individuals, on the other hand.
The government, here, involves all the three branches – the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary. The people, here, includes those from the organized left, those from the invisible right, and those insisting to be at the center, whether true or false. There is likewise the media, whether fair or biased.
Responses and reactions of all the parties involved are designed, not to correct and to clarify but to confuse and to complicate; not to explain and to enlighten but to allege and to accuse; not to answer and to account but to placate and to pacify -- this is exactly what is happening. Some answer questions with questions. Some answer questions with anything and everything immaterial, irrelevant and impertinent.
Objectives and motivations of all the parties involved are all for personal interest, political gain and individual popularity, not for public welfare, moral advancement and the common good – this is exactly what is happening. They just want to protect their names, reputations, careers, or whatever is left of these. In the process, they cover up something, but they expose something else. In the process, they may be able to somehow protect themselves, but they are also harming their own allies.
No adequate, acceptable and attractive solution is being proposed, prepared or performed by any or all of the parties involved -- this is exactly what is happening. Everybody seems to be too preoccupied with destroying everything. Nobody seems to be working on building anything.
Government is losing face and favor; leaders are losing credence and credibility; people are losing faith and forbearance -- this is exactly what is happening. Government has been established to be generally corrupt. Leaders have been confirmed to be incorrigibly corrupt. People have been pushed to a corner where they have nowhere else to go.
What should be happening now is RIGHT.
Responsible citizenship – this is what should be happening now. Government and leaders, on their own, can no longer be relied upon to do what is right, and just, and at least enough, and at most overflowing. People must share in the duties and responsibilities. People must play their roles and perform their functions. This is not the time for a hero. This is a time for a team.
Institutional development – this is what should be happening now. We have to put a stop to patronage politics. We have to stop being leader-oriented in the sense that whenever the leader fails, we fall; or whenever the leaders fall, we get buried. Our institutions must be given the legal authority and the financial capability to deliver social services without need for the consent, approval or blessing of politicians as if these politicians have become the owners of the salaries and earnings that we have toiled for and the taxes that we have paid against our will and had no choice but to pay.
Government accountability – this is what should be happening now. Since government manages the money of the people, not to mention the life of the people in not too few instances, then the government must be accountable for the money, and the life, of the people.
Officials are merely agents of the people. The people are the principals, or bosses as we have been labeled although this is just a figment of the imagination or a bad joke, of government. The government, then, must be accountable to the people by way of abusive officials and employees being punished for wrongdoing and not get away with it as if they deserve all the perks and all the privileges and as if they can buy, borrow or steal anything and everything.
Honest way of life, this is what should be happening now. The point is not to be honest in some things and to be dishonest in other things. The point is for all to live an honest way of life, not just at work but also at home, not just in the offices but also in the communities, not just in official transactions but also in personal relationships.
Transformational leadership -- this is what should be happening now. We still need government, but we need to rid government of transactional politicians, and replace them with leaders who have vision and who have values, leaders who will bring about empowerment, advancement and development, leaders whom we will not need any more after a certain period of time for they have already taught us how to help ourselves.
Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No.
We are now imprisoned in the WRONG way. We need to break free to be in the RIGHT direction. Hopefully, we can find an escape plan.
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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 25, 2013.