Friday, March 21, 2008

When Christianity and Corruption Collide

Christian Filipinos should see the current socio-political hullabaloo not as a renewed attempt by civil society organizations to destabilize the government but as a righteous attempt to resolve the endemic, systemic problems of the country. Although many sectors clamor for the resignation of PGMA, we must not lose sight of the real issue. There is a clarion call to ferret out the truth behind the NBN-ZTE scandal with the view of putting an end to the culture of corruption which has been plaguing the entire nation since time immemorial. Lozada admitted that he was involved in the corruption and he is more than willing to rot in jail (with the members of the Board of the Phil. Forest Corp. of course). That makes him a credible witness. You may call the issue as a mere political bickering between political families. However, we must also recognize that no revolution comes from without, but always from within (Chavit vs. Erap and EDSA 2).

Why do extra constitutional means to replace the president, have become attractive to members of civil society?Foremost, due to our poor, slow and inefficient justice system--a justice system that many perceive as the main instrument of the elites to further their vested interests and immiserize the poor. Extra-constitutional actions are also being embraced by the members of the Church, not because they lack the mustard seed faith but because of the notion that justice can be elusive in a country with a government led by corrupt leaders. Marching on the streets is an effective means to dramatize the need for righteousness, truth and justice. Also, we haven't seen the full maturity of our socio-political institutions. Patron-client relationship and clientelism. Corruption and political accommodation. If we want democracy to work, let democratic processes take its course.

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