imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Devouring the corrupt


By Edward B. Antonio




It is defined by the dictionary as: 1.Having or showing a strong or excessive desire to acquire money or possess things, especially wishing to possess more than what one needs or deserves.

  1. Having or showing a desire to eat or drink in large or excessive amounts.

When people blame the government for their miseries, I sometimes agree, fellas.

In an interview with Representative Danny Zarate of Akbayan last summer, he divulged that Janet Napoles’ P10 B pork barrel scam is only the tip of the iceberg. He said over P100B were lost due to corruption.

And corruption is greediness, fellas.

Stealing their pork barrels was the easiest way to get rich.

How I wish all those solons who are guilty of stealing their own pork be likened to the mouse in this story:

A greedy mouse saw a basket full of corn. He wanted to eat it. So he made a small hole in the basket.

He squeezed in through the hole. He ate a lot of corn. He felt full and was very happy.

Now he wanted to come out. He tried to come out through the small hole. He could not. His belly was full. He tried again. But it was of no use.

The mouse started crying. A rabbit was passing by. It heard the mouse’s cry and asked, “Why are you crying, my friend?”

The mouse explained, “I made a small hole and came into the basket to eat the corn. Now I am not able to get out through that hole.”

The rabbit said, “It is because you ate too much. Wait till your belly shrinks.” The rabbit laughed and went away.

The mouse fell asleep in the basket. The next morning his belly had shrunk. But he wanted to eat some more corn.

He forgot all about getting out of the basket. So he ate the corn and his belly was really big again.

After eating, the mouse remembered that he had to escape. But obviously, he could not. So he thought, “Oh! Now I will go out tomorrow.”

The cat was the next passerby. He smelled the mouse in the basket.

He lifted its lid and ate the mouse.

But who will be the cat who will “devour” all the greedy “mice” in the government?

He should be President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Let me be brutal and frank to you all. Corruption must stop now,” he once said. “And I would address to all Filipinos who want to do something for your country and never had the opportunity because walang nag-yayaya sa inyo. Ngayon niyo na gawin kasi ako na (ang presidente). Ayaw ko talaga ng corruption. It makes me sick,” he said.

Duterte himself took pride in having a spotless record on corruption in his nearly three-decade stint in government.

“My standard would be zero tolerance sa graft pati sa criminality. I would never preside over the affairs of this country with a corrupt police and drugs abound destroying the lives of the Filipinos,” he said.

Last March, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said:  “For five straight years, officials from local government units (LGU) and members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) topped the chart as the agencies with the most number of cases filed with the Office of the Ombudsman.”

She said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is at third place, followed by the Department of Education (4th); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (5th); State Universities and Colleges (6th); Department of Agriculture (7th); Department of Finance (8th); and Department of Agrarian Reform (9th).

“Based on the report submitted by the Finance and Management Information Office, cases against LGU officials rose by 31 percent, an increase from 2,053 cases in 2014 to 2,697 in 2015, while cases against personnel of the PNP increased from 1,258 in 2014 to 1,265 in 2015,” Morales said.

“In contrast, the Bureau of Customs, at 10th place, registered a downward trend from 177 cases in 2011 to 81 cases in 2012, 76 cases in 2013, 84 cases in 2014 and 70 cases in 2015,” she added.

But President Duterte is convinced that the most corrupt agencies are the BIR, the BOC and the LTO.

He is thinking of completely doing away with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Land Transportation Office (LTO)–the three “most corrupt” agencies in the country, according to him.

“I’m very sorry pero sabihin ko sa inyo, isa sa pinaka-corrupt na agency ang BIR, Customs, LTO. Iyang tatlong iyan, i-abolish ko na lang para wala na,” Duterte said in one of his press conferences.

If he would be true to his words, then he is the cat we’ve been waiting for.

“If he can do it, then, he is really the savior of this country,” said Mang Maing.

We do hope so, fellas.#