Beware the Cycle of Corruption

Whom to believe between World Bank people and Palace officials and sipsips when the topic is the integrity of the project implementation process in the country is a no-brainer. It’s not that the World Bank is a bastion of integrity (usurers are not saints, right?); it’s just that the dollars used for the projects are its own.

Besides, the bidding shenanigans World Bank officials exposed are not new; these are subjects of a cliché called “open secret.” Bribes and commissions (a.k.a. SOPs) are the foundation of the corrupt setup that is one of the reasons why this country is in the pits. Congressmen defending accused contractors is thus laughable.

But lest we fall into the politicians’ trap, especially with the 2010 polls already visible, here’s a warning: corruption in this country is two-sided. I mean, most politicians making a noise about corruption in World Bank-funded projects are themselves beneficiaries of SOPs in other government projects and purchases.

This pot calling the kettle black reminder is important because this is the reason why we have been replacing one corrupt administration with another corrupt one. We thought Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was better than Joseph Estrada because we glossed over Arroyo’s weaknesses. That cycle could continue in the 2010 elections.

(I wrote this for my February 5, 2009 “Candid Thoughts” column in Sun.Star Cebu)

10 Responses to Beware the Cycle of Corruption

  1. Indeed! There is a vicious cycle of corruption. It’s hard to break …

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  4. Renato Pacifico says:

    … instead they irresponsibly published accusations by Joey de Vencia on ZtE insted of advising him of reporting it instead to NBI …

    Festivity of ignorance and corruptiopn at its best …

  5. Renato Pacifico says:

    The smalleest social family unit in the Philippines is the crime family. Each crime family networks with other crime relatives who are in the military, in the government, in BIR, in Customs. Head of the crime family will seek out relative crime family to have his or her children get a plum job assignments regardless of their incompetence.

    Godfather/mother, wedding sponsors, blood relations clinches the perpetuity of crime family to next generation.

    It’s impossible to lick corruption in the PHilippines. I’m thru with our pekeng-peryodikos. More more with our church that is also perpetuating ignorance, stamping creativity and dynamism by virtue of the teachings that they espouse that GOD PROVIDES! GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS! GI-GABA-AN PHILOSOPHY!

    • FUCK YOU RENATO PACIFICO, YOU FUCKING SON OF THE DEVIL. IF EVRE I SAW YOU I WILL SHOVE YOURE FUCKING FACE IN YOURE MATHER FUCKING ASS.

      • Renato Pacifico says:

        HA!HA!HA! MR. FLORENS, how ignorant can you get. YOU MUST BE A FILIPINO! PURE, unadulterated 100% Filipino who cannot face the truth.!!!!! HA!HA!HA!HA!

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