Corruption has been an issue around the world, and other developing countries are facing it until now. We are aware that Philippines belongs to the developing countries, meaning to say, corruption is still persistent here.
According to Aceron (2020), if you are a public servant or employee, and you brought your personal interests in your work to receive benefits or gains, that is when corruption happens. Some officials are using SOP (Standard Operating Procedure), which they mainly refer to as “kickbacks”. It is how they steal money from their position or work. Also, it was mentioned that corruption did not only existed unexpectedly, but came from the culture which Filipinos learned from foreigners who ruled the country before. It is passed through generation to generation, and the legacy continues until now.
On the report of Transparency International, which is an agency that fights against corruption, the Philippines is in the 115th among the 180 countries that is facing corruption matters. The research was conducted last year, 2020, and the country got a score of 34/100. This only means that we are still under the claws of this social dilemma. There are agencies that are working against it, but have they done something? As we speak, corruption is affecting the ordinary citizens and the people who are victims of poverty.
It is not an ethical thing to steal something that is not yours. In the case of corrupt officials, they do not have the right to touch the money of that is from the taxes of people. They are making an undeniably mistake by doing it. According to Walden Bello, corruption is not the root of poverty, but it just makes poverty worst. It is a political problem that causes poverty to not be solved.
There are different activities that can be considered as corruption like embezzlement, abusing of power, and bribery. Most people involved in such circumstances are politicians and the government itself who are abusing their power. Why are they doing it? It is somehow to protect their positions, strengthen their power, and also for their personal interests. Embezzlement is very persistent in the Philippines, especially to people with higher position. For example, someone is managing the funds in a company or organization, and he withhold some funds and transferred it to one of his accounts. In this kind of corruption, the person involve will surely clear everything that will lead to the crime he did.
On the other hand, bribery is about offering something whether a property, money, or position to someone to protect their names or actions they have done. Both of these are happening in the country. The reason why this is happening is because the country has been facing corruption since then. Meaning to say, we have history in corruption since the Spanish Colonization. According to research, it started with the Spaniards asking Filipinos to collect money or produced goods, and then the collectors became very corrupt for their own personal interests. It started there, and the idea came around until officials today adopted it too.
The fight against corruption will be in a long way run. We cannot just have it solved in just a one snap of fingers. It should start within the power of people – to vote the best leaders, and the deserving of the position. Sadly, it is now hard to observe who will they be. It is now a tricky technique for the people. Those who are trying to win the hearts of the people are doing their best speeches and showcasing their advocacies, which makes it hard to think of will among them is going to lead them with transparency, good governance, and clean intentions. The answer is, people must be smart enough. Do not rely on the words they say, but look deeper on what they have done during their terms. Study what they can do, and try to observe what kind of people they are. In such ways, you can feel whether they will not abuse their power, bribe someone, or make poverty worst by being corrupt.
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Date Published: May 15, 2021
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