Yesterday, the day of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, was a happy time for liquor companies, shopping malls, and fast foods chains. That happiness will likely still be prevalent today, why? With the tradition of Filipinos exchanging their votes for, at least, P100, those funds will likely go to buying food or spent during a visit to a shopping mall. Yesterday, those selecting neighborhood and youth leaders sold their vote for these elected officials to make money for the next three years.
There is no doubt those in higher offices provided financial backing for the barangay candidates of their choice; all in preparation for next year’s midterm elections – that’s how Filipino choose local leaders.
This is the kind of election held in a “kenkoy” country like the Philippines. However, with such traditions, there should be no reason for elected officials to enforce the law; yet, many in office are still too afraid to govern in fear of losing the next election. Why should they be afraid? They will not lose vote, they’re buying them!
Crooks, bad characters, and individuals will pending criminal cases – some running from their jail cell – manage to win office. Only candidates without campaign funding lose.
Some believe those who tolerate violations of the law are “good-mannered” and “mabait.” I thought individuals ran to enforce the law of the land, not look like “good boys.” To identify areas that are governed properly, clean surroundings, peaceful communities, law-abiding residents, and a disciplined community are the signals of good leadership.
In the corporate world, success tends to come from enforcing company policies and not being afraid of subordinates. Unfortunately, politics is not typically a good fit for corporate folk since it’s not a very clean environment.
In government, bad practices stem from taking advantage of power and influence. When business people complain about difficulties with getting clearances and permits, when bad government officials are involved, you end up with Boracay’s current state – perhaps, more sad than bad.
This column greets Ado dela Rama, JC Clavecillas, Ely Naorbe, Michelle Sorongon, Jigger Latoza, Ridgee Ang, Boy Montalbo, Blaire Ejercito, Carleen Cutanda, Femmy Lee Magbanua, Bobit Avila, Hader Glang, Jun Claros, and Peachy Cochrane./WDJ