Editorial: Stop the insults, do our job-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
OKAY, so the long-awaited but unappreciated long speech of President Benigno C. Aquino last Wednesday didn’t put to rest the reasons for our unrest. That the speech only elicited groans from the teleserye-followers about missing their nightly melodrama fix underlines its impact or the lack of it.
Soon after came the bashers armed with all the bad words and curses they can fling into the worldwide web. What good is that doing to us? Nothing. We’re still in the same situation, worse even, because now we have exposed the uneducated within us. The uneducated and miseducated thus join the educated few but are just as miseducated. We’re going in circles here, with nothing that we can ever hold as tangible reform once all these are over.
Granted, President Aquino can’t seem to get it. But remember, this has been going on for so long, and it was only now that all these systemic pilferage of people’s money. What does that mean? Simply that those who came before him kept quiet about it. What does that say of his predecessors? A lot, but first and foremost, it also speaks loads of why transparency in government has been spurned and scorned by those in position.
Now, everything’s out there in the open and the momentum by which every big-time corruption scams have been played is opening up even more big-time corruption scams. That’s good, for finally, the transparency we are demanding is opening by itself no thanks to those in position who still hee and haw whenever transparency and accountability is demanded.
We should, however, look beyond Aquino and his ineptitude and ensure that his willingness to do good, will do us good. Let’s call out every wrongdoing by his close-in aides and demand that he, as President, set as priority the institutionalization of systems that require transparency, proper resource allocation, accounting, and accountability.
Let’s stop the mud-slinging and insult-throwing and be the educated humans that we all are, to collectively demand, in clear, impossible to misunderstand messages that what we need is accountability from all who have cheated in the past and transparency for all undertakings from hereon, and make that all these are written down as immovable policies that will become the standard operating procedure in any government undertaking. Your insults will hurt today but will not help anyone. Let’s make sure that all these anger are harnessed into tangible reforms and developments in the government and not just become forgotten curses that will be resurrected when the next multi-billion peso scam is uncovered.
While we are at it, have you read the news yesterday about Bong Revilla filing lawsuits against whistleblowers? Let us make sure too that we get the lawmakers we need. Legislators, after all, are supposed to look into our systems of governance and come up with logical laws to put things in order. We cannot expect much if even in defending one?s self, a legislator chooses to throw the books at those who are hogging the headlines instead of disputing the records that are uncovering the graft.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 02, 2013.