A group gathered over coffee recently to discuss the latest viral video depicting a political figure abusing their power. In reality, that type of abuse is very minimal, the individual in question only happened to become a prominent figure on social media.
A banker said airport authorities bowing to politicians is “common practice” because government employees are afraid those in power will remove them from their jobs. However, a teacher noted, politicians should show humility.
“If these powerful guys know how to follow the rules, they must not show their power,” they explained. “Instead, they must insist on obeying rules and laws of the land – they are not exempt – they should be models.”
“But they want to impress people,” the teacher added.
“Take the case of some politicians, when they are invited to certain occasions, they bring along bodyguards and drivers,” said a golfer. “They have no sense of ethics as they are also enjoying meals intended only for politicos.
They added, when you invite one politician, remember to prepare for six people… sometimes less.
“Why are these abuses practiced in this country?” the golfer asked.
Delicadeza is something dismissed by these politicians because they believe their power gives them the privilege to commit abuses. The recent scandal to hit social media should remind average citizens to obey the law. Arrogance is a sign of bad character.
As “Singapore’s strongman” said, “Filipinos do not need democracy, they need discipline” – a perfect and true statement. We all know our countrymen are not disciplined (look at the abuses in government). Even when the country elects a strong president, those used to abusing power resent having to follow the rules.
If a humble and law-abiding elected official, along with like-minded appointees, are seen as models for Philippine society, then it could spark the beginning of discipline and proper rule – but that may be a thousand years from now.
This column greets Marikina City first district Rep. Bayani Fernando; Bacolod City lone district Rep. Greg Gasataya; Davao del Norte second district Rep. Antonio ‘Tony Boy’ Floirendo, Jr.; Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo; Atty. Clint Aranas; Leo Rey Yanson; former Negros Occidental fourth district Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer; Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson; Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares III; Silay City Mayor Mark Golez; Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go; Atty. Jan Rubiato; Department of Agriculture assistant secretary, Atty. Hansel Didulo; Art Colmedora; Alex Castor; and Department of Tourism-Region VI director, Atty. Helen J. Catalbas./WDJ