Maybe this time

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By Atty. Taipan Millan

One Small Voice

Thursday, May 29, 2014

NOBODY can avoid, or evade, talking about, or thinking about, the pork barrel scam. It has totally taken over the consciousness of the nation, especially the media, which basically dictates the awareness, perception and attitude of the nation.

This can be good, or bad, depending on how everything will eventually shape the mindsets, outlooks and actions of the people.

To start with, this wholesale exposure of the coordinated plunder of public funds can serve as the final wake up call for voters who are in deep slumber by just ignoring or by just accepting that officials are thieves and thieves are officials. But will it?


To end with, this realization that constituents deserve to get so much more than they have already received can be the last nail on the coffin that will bury corruption under the ground. But will it?

The people must learn the lessons that this entire experience, or predicament, are teaching.

Nothing of this magnitude could have happened if only the right people were elected, or appointed, to positions.

The impunity with which this pillage has been accomplished, or perfected, could not have been possible if laws were obeyed, not twisted, and if values were upright, not slanted.

The voters must change in a way that has never happened before - dramatic, radical, and pervasive – and cast their lot only with those that they can trust to safeguard their money and advance their future.

Those who were accused, and found to have no satisfactory explanation why their names were included in some list or mentioned by some witness or indicated in some document, should never again be granted the opportunity to hold any title in government.

The standards required of a candidate should necessarily be higher than ever before, not business as usual.

The constituents must be more demanding of their rights, of their welfare, of a life where chances are not stolen, of a life where possibilities are available, of a life where down can go up, of a life where low can go high, of a life where dreams can still come true.

There should be honesty, integrity and transparency in all dealings imbued with public interest.

There should be responsibility, accountability and culpability for lying, cheating and stealing.

This scam of the century is really bad, to say the least, but something really good can still come out of it.

It is up to the people, the voters and the constituents to use this pork barrel catastrophe in the next election to change the way the game is played, or to change the game outright, or to stop playing games altogether.

Can there still be change? Perhaps not last time. Will there still be change? Maybe this time.

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 30, 2014.


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