Type: Process Essays
Sample donated: Juanita West
Last updated: July 23, 2019
Is really there a solution for a corrupt government? Solution tothose officials who used people’s money for their projects filled withanomalies and for their personal interests? We can’t just believe the platformsand promises of those greedy politicians.
We can’t just fall to theirattractive bait. Every time I heard the word “corruption”, it seems like an ordinaryword for me. I feel like I am a veteran hearing that word. In my ownunderstanding, in simple terms, corruption occurs when an individual who haspower takes advantage on people. It is also the misuse of entrusted power givenby the people just to fulfill their personal desires. We already know that thisissue is like a disease, a communicable disease in which it already permeatesin the whole system. I am just giving my insight on what we can do in thisissue based on my researches.
I can’t say that there is no solution to thisproblem. But I can show ways on how to prevent this kind of misconduct.Luckily, the Philippines is not included in the top 10 most corruptcountries in the world released by Transparency International. But the countrygot 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 currentadministration to fight this issue? How can we and the government itself helpin order to stop this?It all starts from the voters.
In order for a running candidate towin, he/she must gain more votes than his/her rivals. But of course, just likecorrupt officials, there are also corrupt voters. Vote buying and vote sellingare considered illegal and punishable by law. This usually happens when it isthe campaign period. As politicians go around, some of their money also travelfrom hand to another hand. The dirty process happens.
But some of the votersare not aware of that law. So, in order to avoid this type of wrongdoing, thegovernment must deploy programs or seminars about vote selling and how will itaffect the country. If we look deeper, people who fell to the bait ofpoliticians will first be affected. Most of them are the ones who willexperienced corrupt and injustice programs held by the government. Thegovernment must educate the voters to avoid this misconduct.Some of the public officials do not put all their assets in theirStatement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) required by the BIR.
Thisfinancial statement is mostly used to determine if there is any unexplainedwealth that does not come from their salaries or businesses. Bureau of InternalRevenue (BIR) must be strict more in collecting and auditing SALN of publicofficials to prove that there are no dirty works happening. This solution willnot prevent corruption but it will provide transparency to all thoseinquisitive 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 areunder 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 allis money. They believe that if you have money, you are powerful. Money issomething that we just created to fill our needs.
I am not saying that we don’tneed money because we really need it to survive in this generation. But usingmoney 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 dosomething 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 everythingif we want to but keep in mind we have the responsibility in all actions wemade.