Quotes about corruption and other items of possible interest
“If our country has ever to be free, it will not
be through vice and crime, it will not be so by corrupting its sons, deceiving some and bribing others, no! Redemption presupposes
virtue, virtue sacrifice, and sacrifice love!” — Jose Rizal
Why has it become acceptable for public servants to own mansions?
"...society itself is partly to blame for having created an artificial construct of a leader or even
a professional, in general.
Totally erasing the constitutional directive to “live modest lives,” the situation now
stands that it becomes socially acceptable or even perfectly normal for public servants to own 10 mansions and/or have 10
Whereas before, one can chance upon a Health Secretary inside a provincial bus traveling to rural areas,
as recalled by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose when he addressed a group of doctors. Or whereas before,
even the proposal of a car plan or loan program for senators was rejected by the Senate, as narrated by former Senator Saguisag
in one television interview. To put it bluntly in tagalog, “ngayon, ‘pag opisyal ka ng gobyerno at di
ka nakatira sa mansion at di ka nagmamaneho ng magagarang kotse, ang sasabihin ng tao sa ‘yo ay mahinaka o di ka magaling. Samantalang dati, sasabihin ng tao sa iyo ay: tapat at kahanga-hanga ka.”
This insatiable desire to get rich quick in order to satisfy the social expectation attached to one’s
status is what drives honest men and women in government service to leave behind their moral core and jump into the bandwagon
towards the ravine. It is not so much the rising cost of living. It is not the escalating cost of tuition for
the children’s education. It is not the superficial sense of security or safety. One root cause is this
disturbing social expectation. The nation must get rid of this phenomenon. This social expectation is a realistic
manifestation that the notion of public service as a public trust has gone to the realm of triteness, amounting to a condition
of social numbness to a blatant disregard of legal imperatives and a flagrant display of moral insensitivities."
Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales upon her retirement from the Supreme Court
"Each and every Filipino must see that the old way of doing
things in the darkness of corruption and deceit has been banished by the broad light of day that has shined on this country
once more. We have returned to the much older, much more classical, and much nobler ideals of our heroes—the ideals
of honesty, transparency, and nationalism. The Filipino people can dream again. Finally, we can stay true to and fulfill the
responsibilities that our heroes have passed onto our shoulders. Finally, under this newfound daylight, we can rebuild this
country; we can bequeath to our children a Philippines finally rid of the cancer that has plagued it for centuries, a Philippines
that is truly free."...President Aquino, Feb. 17,2011
"After 25 years, the reasons why we had EDSA 1 are the same problems
that are present in our society today. Sorry, I’m
very pessimistic. While we were successful in ousting a dictator, we were not able to follow through in correcting the abuses."
...Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi, former president of the Catholic Bishops
Conference of the Philippines
"On the fight against corruption: this is going to be a long fight.
It has to be won step by step. There are no shortcuts. But we’re fighting it across many fronts. First is in sending
the right signal, that it’s no longer business as usual, that we do not tolerate corruption. Two, in increasing the
risk that those who participate in corruption face, both in the private sector and the public sector. Third, by rationalizing
our processes, investing in technology, investing in external information so that we can drive performance, in particular,
in our agencies—the Department of Finance, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Bureau of Customs."...Finance
Secretary Cesar V. Purisima
"That’s the problem with corruption.
You need an eyewitness. If you don’t have that, it’s all just talk because you cannot prove anything,"...Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago
"One in four people reported paying bribes in the last year and 29% said they had paid a bribe
to the police."...UK Guardian
(based upon TI Global Corruption Barometer)
"If you want a good laugh, read
the SALNs filed by public officials in this country."...Ana Marie Pamintuan in The Philippine Star
"...the first priority has to be to
address the issue of corruption. Get government's power back so that they can empower the people, and empower them in so many
areas -- education, in health, in having a judicial system that works and so on and so forth...I will not only not steal, but
I will run after thieves. We lead by example."...President-Elect Benigno Aquino
Let us always try to live up to highest ideals of humanity.
We must teach our children to rally behind what is right and just during these times of unlimited national and world emergency.
Let every Filipino, man, woman or child, pledge himself fully and unwaveringly to support, promote, cherish, and defend with
all his strength of mind, body and heart, even with the sacrifice of life itself, and against all foes, those sacred ideals
of the Nation: LIBERTY, DEMOCRACY, and our CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION!...
In this modern world, particularly in the Philippines,
it is a sad fact that we are departing from the paths of morality. Men scoff at honesty and mock at Religion. In their pride
they think that it is a part of modern civilization and enlightenment to cast off as old fashioned and tattered garments the
old norms of moral conduct. Immortality, dishonesty, and impiety are contaminating our youths, have invaded all classes and
ranks, have corrupted government officials, who are the legal guardians of truth, equity and justice.
Many consider virtue as effeminate and an unnecessary
handicap to success. They are indeed sadly, fatally mistaken in their notion of civilization and progress. To be immoral,
to be without scruples of conscience, might be called progress if they insist on calling it so, but surely it is progress
in the wrong direction.
There must be mutual respect among all Filipinos regardless
of gender, economic status and religious belief. All our actions must not be against the spirit of the Constitution that will
in the end cause ill-feeling and mutual antagonism among Filipinos. When this happens we will forever be a country divided,
thus, losing our last chance to progress. In these days of action, we need unity and collective strength.
-- Sara Soliven
De Guzman in The Philippine Star
Integrity is most immediately seen as our unity of life. What we teach
or say must be matched by what we do. For our peers, our subordinates, our clients and superiors, this is the hardest and
most basic currency we can exchange. Whether we talk of business plans, investment incentives or oaths of office, the people
we answer to expect us to remain true to our word. And indeed, the world would come to a screeching halt if no one honors
But to confine integrity solely to the fulfillment of promises and agreements
may be a bit limiting.Integrity is rooted in Truth. Without basing our decisions
on the truths about ourselves, about man, it is nothing more than a shallow display of pride. As professionals who steer industry’s
course, you are intimately aware that your decisions and ours affect men and their futures. In all that we deliberate, our
goal must be to bring our people closer to what is best for each and every one. As such, the common good is a necessary goal
of a culture of integrity.
The fight against poverty and corruption is one of your government’s
commitments to this goal.These plagues still pose the greatest barrier to every
Filipino’s ability to become all that they can be. I am intimately familiar with the hurdles that poverty brings and
while hard work and God’s grace pulled me and countless others out of the mire, it is the duty of government, as well
as those citizens who are blessed with more in life, to aid in tearing this wall down.
As we fight poverty, corruption becomes a necessary target of our efforts.
Corruption, whether in government or in private organizations, is the unkindest theft we can suffer since it robs the poor
and the needy before anyone else. It denies our children access to a decent education, eroding the foundations of their future.
It steals our elders’ access to health and medical care, which they sorely need as pains and ailments accompany their
twilight years. It diminishes the relief provided to those devastated by calamity. It further empties the plates of those
who already starve, but still pay their taxes to fund social services that they hope to benefit from.
To sever the head of this demon, much is required. We need structural reforms
in the bureaucracy and its processes. We need personal reforms within each government executive or employee. But above all
else, we need changes in the ordinary citizen.
Frugality is one reform we can undertake. It is noble to want a better
life for ourselves and our children and we should work hard to gain what we need to make our lives better. But as we have
learned from our parents and their parents, it is possible to exercise restraint in preparation for the future, to live simply
and be more dignified for it.
While corruption may initially be fueled by need, it is perpetuated by
want. Every day, we are bombarded with images that influence our image of progress. Whether in television, the internet or
in print, a subliminal message of consumerism seeps into our souls and fuels our aspirations. These offerings show the height
of human creativity in the retail and advertising trades, but they have also defined stereotypes of success: a German car,
a Swiss watch, a house in a gated community and maybe a summer getaway by the sea.
There is nothing wrong with wanting these things, but we sit on a precarious
perch if we end up wanting these things at all costs. It sets the stage
for cutting corners in our principles just so we can brandish a perceived badge of stature. It starts to numb our sensitivities,
convincing us that it is acceptable to take what is not ours, just so that we can live a lifestyle in place of a life.
Our dignity and value lie far beyond what we own. It is who we are and
what we stand for. From MAP lecture Tearing
the Walls of Poverty and Corruptionby Jejomar C. Binay, Vice President of the
Republic of the Philippines
translation of an extract from the book Migraciones (Migrations) by the Paraguayan
author Eligio Ayala, Bern, Switzerland, 1915
To make sausage special skills are required; to be a legislator or minister in Paraguay
talent and knowledge are superfluous. Preparation, character and honesty at times get in the way. Certain body contortions
and genuflections are worth more than twenty years of studies, than decency and integrity.
Those in public office think they know everything,
believe they are capable of anything, and lose consciousness of their own ineptitude.
to shine with a false reputation simply be a congressman, senator or minister. Then, it follows that the ruling passion is
to acquire and retain these posts and for that purpose, instead of studying, preparing and dignifying oneself, one must flatter,
intrigue or implore slavishly. For this reason most of those who exercise high political office are the real opinionated upstarts.
All the courts have been desecrated by the most frank ineptitude and by absolute nullity. This has filled the Parliament and
the ministries with apprentices, who are educated in the past year’s almanacs and shatter national economic activity
with their chaotic and clumsy legislative initiatives.
Everything is done at random, by trial and
error, by instinct as if in a fit of sleepwalking, everything that needs no reform is reformed and nothing that needs to be
reformed is reformed. Floating in a sea of passions and desires, with no guiding principles, with no systems, with no knowledge,
with no compass, government intervention in the economic sphere has become an opportunistic desire for detail, for expediency,
towards the day that frees the national economy to the whim of the small selfish interests of these times.
Merit is not
respected, nor vice despised, no one is truly indignant about injustice, no one is fair. The culprits lose consciousness of
their faults, good men of modesty, and parties of nobility. The good and the bad live in every party in a hypocritical camaraderie,
without sincerity, without mutual trust, without gratitude, without generosity. Interest divides and unites and reconciles
them on and on.
Yesterday's enemies conspire together; today’s friends will be sold tomorrow.
Instead of parties, sporadic and convulsive circles are formed by small ambitious persons.
parties, instead of being useful to the country, use the country, instead of serving healthy national interests in government,
make the government serve them.
tearing down walls in the way of progress -– the corruption of elites who steal from their people; the red tape that
stops an idea from becoming a business; the patronage that distributes wealth based on tribe or sect. We will help governments invest efforts at anti-corruption,
and activists who use technology to increase transparency and hold government accountable."
-- U.S. President Barack Obama
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