IGNORANCE AS CRIME

ignorance

There will be continuing power interruption in Mindanao and it will worsen before it is even resolved.  But there is a solution, painful for the consumer as it were.  Additional cost to shoulder the burden for improved energy distribution is the only way.  Over in Agusan del Sur, power has been restored but the consumers will have to pay an additional P10 per kilowatt to defray the cost of operating modular generating sets.  Now, where will our government’s face and our political leadership situated in this equation?  Lahat na lang inasa na sa taong-bayan—simula sweldo ng pulitiko hanggang sa serbisyo ng pamahalaan.

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Our law enforcement is quick when their prey belongs to the marginal community, the great unwashed so to speak, they who comprise the bulk of those who survive through hand-to-mouth existence.  Recently, two persons were apprehended for selling bottled fuel by the road side.  Accordingly, these vendors are violating a martial law Presidential Decree (1865) and therefore should be penalized with imprisonment.  But wait a minute.  These street urchins merely want to survive from a measly take of P5 per bottle.  What about those oil smugglers who benefited in their schemes and deprived government in the estimated amount of P59 Billion yearly?

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The Philippine Navy expressed disappointment at something which is known already as common sense.  It is true that Philippine waters is too vast to secure.  We are an archipelagic nation and our coastal line is the longest in Asia.  That is given.  It is like saying that at midnoon every summer, it is too hot for comfort.  What does the expression of the Navy imply therefore?  That it is useless, futile and pathetic to guard our coastal areas from intruders?  That overseeing the entire stretch of the Philippine coast is a hopeless proposition?  We know that from the start.  The Philippine Navy or Government for that matter may subscribe to internet servers dealing with satellite feeds on the entire stretch of the country.  That way, the country’s entire area will be guarded.  It is like installing a CCTV in one’s establishment.

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Further north in Abra province, the police reported that complaints were filed indicating malpractices in electoral campaign exercises.  Accordingly, those running for public office are shelling up P3K for individual voters.  Since the voting population of Abra is 147, 615, the estimated cost for buying a vote amounts to P18 Million.  The investment is recovered when the politician assumes office.  With a P22 Million yearly pork barrel appropriation, it means a whooping P66Million bonanza after the 3-year term is over.  In plain language, a peso spent can be recovered four fold.   As investment is recoup several times over, the winner supremely rides at the crest of command power,  dominating fame and influencial clout over a specific population.

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Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, that billion dollar coffee chain, when interviewed expressed something which every concerned patriot should bear in mind.  He said that when he started the business, he had a rule that no family members, including his children, should be part of the company.  Starbucks became a successful  public company.  But don’t tell that to politicians.  They wanted their children to be elected too and inherit his perk and power.  Never mind if government fails and public service stinks.  Unlike Starbucks, in their view, governance may reek and the people deserves its stench because most of those who elected them got paid to suffer already.

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About vjtesoro

A perpetual student of Corrections

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