Remove the pork, save our nation

The cauldron is boiling. Filipinos are aghast, and mad, over the insensitivity of our political leaders over the issue of the pork barrel. Both Houses of Congress have refused to conduct investigations into the scams that enabled a few people to rake in billions of pesos in pubic funds. Even the President of the Republic has shown no interest in the issue.

Is it because, as these officials claim, they are innocent? My answer is “no”. Everybody in the business is equally culpable. The corruption in the misuse of the pork barrel doesn’t end with Janet Napoles. It goes all the way up to the palace.

Let’s not kid ourselves anymore. The pork barrel is the number one reason these men and women want to be congressmen and senators. More than half of them can’t even understand the basics of legislation. Making laws, or doing things that would advance the welfare of the people, are the least of their priorities.

It’s clear the pork barrel will have to go. That’s the best course of action for this nation to survive. Remove the source of corruption, and the picture will change drastically. The rich and powerful will have less motivation to aspire for public office. Without the prospect of earning from kickbacks, they will be forced to work, as in really work.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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