Sad but true, politics has become the biggest bane of the Country. A social asset was turned into a big social liability. An art in governance was converted into low intensity conflict. A mere means has developed into a veritable end by itself. This is politics today in the Philippines. Philippine politics is no longer simply dirty but also salacious and sleazy at the hands of certain politicians with no ethical principles, with no moral convictions — but with simply the desire to please their constituents, to accommodate people for one ultimate purpose, viz., to secure their votes during election day.
Instead of service to justice and truth, it is self-service that many politicians have adopted as their policy. Rather than the common welfare, there are a good number of politicians who look after the benefits of their own families and relatives, friends and cohorts.
This is certainly not meant to say that politics is by itself harmful or dangerous, superfluous or irrelevant. As the art of governance particularly in a democratic Country, politics per se and even in its partisan expression, is useful and beneficial, a necessary cognate of persons living together as one people in one country.
It is a good number of politicians who for all intents and purposes of their own, make politics harmful if not actually hateful and disgraceful. If this is true in other Countries to a certain degree, this is a glaring fact in Philippine politics to a very disgusting degree.
The Philippines is still eagerly awaiting the entrance of upright persons, incorruptible individuals, principled people in local politics. The Country is still looking at the time when politics is no longer the rule of dynasties, no longer the domain of “trapos”, viz., traditional politicians who are so known and called for their long and continuous political rule with devious selfish interests and clearly questionable personal designs.
ADVERTISMENT: THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES ARE LOOKING FOR MEN AND WOMEN OF UPRIGHT INTENTION AND PRINCIPLED CONVICTION TO ENTER INTO ITS POLITICS.
15 September 2003