Definition of terms is in order. “Gross” means something shameless, vulgar, and foul. The word is not used in polite and sensitive circle, in delicate or diplomatic conversations. “Greasy” means anything slippery, fatty, and porky. The term is usually heard in repair garages for remedial purposes, in view of smoothing going in and out, with ease and silence. “Greed” is heinous, shameless, consuming vice. Nothing is enough. Something is always coveted. The more there is, the more is desired. The more one’s appetite is fed, the more feeding it seeks. While there is but one body to house, some two dozen houses are required. And while there is also but one body that needs to go somewhere, some three dozen of car are considered necessary.
While the phenomenon of “Gross Greasy Greed” has been a rather long existent and vibrant reality in the Philippines, this vicious and hideous phenomenon is now very well noted – disdained, despised, detested – with the revelation made by certain individuals in the know as who, how, and how neck deep are some characters in porky business, fatty venture. All these recent and revealing events in no way lessen the big shame and pity that the infamous Pork Barrel System – under any cover-up name and pursuant structure of robbing the people of public funds meant for their public welfare – is precisely much observed and well-practiced in this really “Third World Country” by those specially elected and appointed for public offices in view of protecting and promoting the common good.
In other words, “Gross Greasy Greed” – a downright errant attitude and highly erratic behavior – is ground reality among none other than the very powerful and already very wealthy individuals especially in the world of politics. Never mind miserable Filipino families who barely have something to eat, somewhere to sleep – the sidewalks included. Never mind the babies who have no milk to drink, no decent clothes to wear. Never mind the youngsters who do not go to school for lack of means to do so. Never mind the people who live by the canals, who have their huts in flood prone areas, who become sick, who disappear and die when big flooding takes place.
“Huwag magbaboy! Makibaka!” Translation: “Politicians – stop pocketing public funds. We will no longer tolerate it!” This was the loud and repeated shouts recently heard at the Luneta. The gathering was impressive. The gatherers were decent people. The place of gathering is historical. And thus went the ardent and angry shouts. One wonders whether such a public demonstration is the end of it all – or precisely the beginning of something else, the start of something new.
Filipinos – stand up and act!