Is really there a solution for a corrupt government? Solution to those officials who used people’s money for their projects filled with anomalies and for their personal interests? We can’t just believe the platforms and promises of those greedy politicians. We can’t just fall to their attractive bait. Every time I heard the word “corruption”, it seems like an ordinary word for me.
I feel like I am a veteran hearing that word. In my own understanding, in simple terms, corruption occurs when an individual who has power takes advantage on people. It is also the misuse of entrusted power given by the people just to fulfill their personal desires.
We already know that this issue is like a disease, a communicable disease in which it already permeates in the complete system. I am just giving my insight on what we can do in this issue based on my researches. I can’t say that there is no solution to this problem. But I can show ways on how to prevent this kind of misconduct.Luckily, the Philippines is not included in the top 10 most corrupt countries in the world released by Transparency International. But the country got a score of 36 for 2016 – zero means very corrupt and 100 means very clean- which ranked us 101st out of 176 countries.
Can we trust the current administration to overcome this issue? How can we and the government itself help in order to stop this?It all starts from the voters. In order for a running candidate to win, he/she must gain more votes than his/her rivals. But of course, just like corrupt officials, there are also corrupt voters. Vote buying and vote selling are considered illegal and punishable by law. This usually happens when it is the campaign period. As politicians go around, some of their money also travel from a hand to another hand. The dirty process happens.
But some of the voters are unaware of that law. Thus, in order to avoid this type of wrongdoing, the government must deploy programs or seminars about vote selling and how will it affect the country. If we look deeper, people who fell to the bait of politicians will first be affected. Most of them are the ones who will experienced corrupt and injustice programs held by the government. The government must educate the voters to avoid this misconduct.Some of the public officials do not put all their assets in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) required by the BIR. This financial statement is mostly used to determine if there is any unexplained wealth does not come from their salaries or businesses.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) must be strict more in collecting and auditing SALN of public officials to prove that there are no dirty works happening. This solution will not prevent corruption, but it will provide transparency to all those inquisitive people who want to know where they get the money from.Another problem is those people who implement and defend the law.
These people should be the one who gives justice to people, but some of them are under the influence of greedy officials. This is why I don’t fully trust them. It’s not that I don’t believe to their capability to serve, but the root of all is money.
They believe that if you have money, you are powerful. Money is something that we just created to fill our needs. I am not saying we don’t need money because we really need it to survive in this generation. But using wealth to control people? To control the justice system? Isn’t it unethical? Don’t they have conscience that tell them the difference of right and wrong?There are no permanent solutions in this problem, but we can do something about it. Being wise is enough to avoid the influence of politicians.
We have the capability to think and decide what we will do. We can do everything if we want to but keep in mind we have the responsibility in all actions we made.