In their respective elementary nature and consequent understanding: Ethics forward a Code of Conduct premised on Philosophy which in turn is rooted in reason that affirms what is right or wrong. Politics on the other hand has relevance to the matter of governance, the administration of public affairs or the management of the affairs of the state. In other words, Ethics points out what is proper or the right thing to do and what is the improper or wrong thing to avoid while Politics is on the matter of basically working for public welfare, providing the common good, promoting national interests.
The rudimentary conclusions from the above fundamental and wherefore basic natures, implications and finalities of Ethics and Politics are the following: Only individuals divested of reason functions would dare say that Ethics is irrelevant to Politics. Only those divested of even but plain logic would dare claim that Ethics is irrelevant to Politics.
Just for the record: Let it be noted that while Ethics is a conclusion of reason, a part of Philosophy, Morals on the others hand is the affirmation of faith, a conclusion of spirituality. The former is in the realm of earthly realities. The latter is in the sphere of spiritual truths. But when Ethics is objectively right and sound, such is rightfully affirmed by Morals. Conclusion: Those who think and act contrary to ethical principles cannot but also believe and live dissonant with moral norms.
Not too long since, with the presence and within the hearing of high-ranking government officials and diplomatic personalities, someone reported to a Head of State as well as Head of the Universal Church something to the effect that certain local clerics meddle with local Politics – even about his person and governance included. The assumptions behind such thinking and consequent reporting are the following: One, that there is a separation of Church and State in the Country such that the former should altogether shut up about the latter. Two, that being the highest standing public official in the Philippines, he should be in effect free of any critical observations from such lowly and miserable individuals as good-for-nothing clerics. Three, that Ethics is in effect irrelevant to Politics as it is in fact ignored by modern persons with modern thinking such as precisely the politicians of today, over and above whom the reporting stands and presides.
No wonder then that with such thinking and consequent acting, the present government is famous – or infamous – for customary graft and corrupt practices, for great self-admiration vis-á-vis popular disgust and lamentation, for diarrhea of words with misery in accomplishments, for much Pork and good Beef even to date – not to mention self-pride humbled by questionable if not miserable reality performance. If the same government – together with its chief-in-command and cohorts – even dare to think that politics is above ethics, poor Philippines!