Friday, March 26, 2010

The POOR and the POLITICIANS

The following standing realities are no big-secrets in the social scenery of this otherwise naturally rich Country and its culturally wonderful people: One, there are more and more poor, needy and hungry Filipinos not only in urban places but also in the rural areas. Two, there are also more and more politicians whose much proclaimed plans, programs and projects are decidedly meant to redeem the people from poverty and misery. Three, there are however even much more poor people in the Philippines, in the same way that there are also much more politicians in the land who spare no ways nor means to land coveted public offices, to get into government power and public influence.

THE following standing realities are no big-secrets in the social scenery of this otherwise naturally rich country and its culturally wonderful people: One, there are more and more poor, needy and hungry Filipinos not only in urban places but also in the rural areas. Two, there are also more and more politicians whose much proclaimed plans, programs and projects are decidedly meant to redeem the people from poverty and misery. Three, there are however even much more poor people in the Philippines, in the same way that there are also much more politicians who spare no ways nor means to grab coveted public offices, to get into government power and public influence.

This phenomenon is neither funny nor mysterious, but downright revealing of a sinister truth that something very wrong has gradually but determinedly crept into the socio-political structure of Philippines society. Pitiful as it is and miserable as it remains, the reality is that long since, practically all candidates who throw their hats into the political arena sing substantially one and the same song: Their individual and collective primary objectives in running for government positions is to serve the poor, to redeem them from poverty, to make them healthy, wealthy and wise!

Yet, after many decades of the unending emergency of politicians, after decades of their loud promises to help the poor, after many elections that places them in positions of power and influence in government, the fact however squarely remains that there are now more poor people in the country—one administration after another, many political families coming one after the others. As above said, it bears repeating that as the number of politicians grows, so too the number of poor people becomes more. Why?

There can be many reasons for this depressed and depressing situation some more known ones are the following: public offices are converted into personal agenda. Government officials have become individual masters instead of public servants. Politics is now one big lucrative business. For this reason, there is this one famous past President of the Philippines who said without shame or qualm of conscience: “A poor politician is a fool!” He could be blamed for many personal liabilities—but hypocrisy is definitely one of them!

During these feverish pre-election days in the country, it is not only appalling but also revolting to see how many political candidates exploit the poverty of men, women and children. It has become but a matter of fact that the same candidates spend billions—most of which are from cryptic sources—to win the forthcoming dubious “fully automated” elections. With but meager salaries upon winning the coveted public offices, how would they ever recover their huge capital investments if not through graft and corrupt practices unlimited. Thus it is that the poor remain poor. Thus runs the unending socio-political story of the Philippines.

OVCRUZ,JCD
26 MARCH 2010