Where's statesmanship?

(Editor's note: Varying accounts of high officials’ questionable conduct violate good faith as noted by the author.)

Most of our national leaders who made Manila North Cemetery their final resting place are honored even in their markers as statesmen, the highest praise they earned for honorably serving the people.  Before the month ends, people by the tens of thousands will pay homage to the dead.  They won’t miss reading markers of great presidents and other national leaders.  Two of our presidents, Elpidio Quirino and Carlos P. Garcia, had borrowed from the GSIS to build their homes in Quezon City before leaving Malacañang.

Presidents with no homes

Quirino rose through the ranks as representative, senator, Cabinet member, Senate President pro-temporé, and vice president.  Garcia was provincial governor before his election as senator and vice president.  A lawyer from Bohol once told me that Garcia himself had supervised the repair of his residence after saving it from termites.

Rare breed

But today’s modern politicians are ruled by a secret list of personal protocols.  They tend to bypass or ignore statesmanship.  They are not seen as disinterestedly promoting the public good – the one and only purpose of a government official.  Filipino statesmen like Quirino and Garcia are a rare breed now and we don’t see them making a courageous stand in Congress and other executive offices.

Compensation first and last

Today’s politicians view duty as compensation first and last and see public office as trust fund, NOT public trust.

With politicians deep in PDAF/DAP as their main models, officials in the government corporations, like SSS, etc., also started loosening their belts by awarding themselves fat bonuses for their alleged “good performance.”  But COA said there’s no such performance.  When they invested SSS members’ money, profits from investment should go back to the institution, NOT to deep pockets.  They should not consider themselves as Lee Iacocca, who became a national celebrity after saving Chrysler Corp. from bankruptcy.  He persuaded Congress to lend Chrysler $1.5 billion in 1980 and his style of management earned record profits.

Test of faith/honesty

Public officials with heady attitudes will not promote public good.  Their apologists will realize that good government is not an experiment but a test of faith and a testament to honesty and good conduct.   When high government officials give varying versions of their conduct, each account violates good faith.

The people as plain observers of events tend to doubt the government’s report relating to the conduct of high government officials.  Like a statement that SSS officials “have not yet received their fat bonuses,” but one of them publicly declared she would return what she already received.  (Comments are welcome at roming@pefianco.com).

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • SE Asia Stocks - Mostly down; Thai shares near 2-week low

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most sharemarkets in Southeast Asia fell on Tuesday with the Thai index ending at a near two-week low and the Philippines touching a near four-week low after trade data while ... …

  • China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea

    China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions. China's Ministry of Transport hosted the ceremony for the construction of two multi-functional lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef on the disputed Spratly islands, state news agency Xinhua said, defying calls from the United States and the …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Thai, Philippine indexes weak after trade data

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose in line with the rest of Asia on Tuesday but the Thai index pared early gains after weak trade data in April, while the Philippine benchmark ... …

  • Is your home on top of a faultline?
    Is your home on top of a faultline?

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanoly and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recently issued an updated and high-resolution "atlas" of the East Valley Fault and West Valley Fault, two major faultlines that run through sections of Metro Manila. Metro Manila may be due for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake within this lifetime, say experts from the institute, among them PHIVOLCS director Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. According to records, the last major earthquake caused by the West Valley Fault took place 357 years …

  • Filipina maid photographs "modern slavery" in Hong Kong

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina maid in Hong Kong has published stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight the "modern slavery" she says has long been the city's shameful secret. "Hong Kong is a very modern, successful city but people treat their helpers like slaves," said Xyza Cruz Bacani, whose black and white portraits won her a scholarship from the Magnum Foundation to start studying at New York University this month. It's common …

  • Want to buy a brand new car?
    Want to buy a brand new car?

    Tired of fixing your old car? Maybe, this is the best time for you to invest a brand new car. BPI Family Savings Bank, the country’s leading consumer bank, is extending its newest campaign “Bagong Kotse, 1-Month Libre” promo until June 30, 2015 which allows potential car buyers to avail of a car loan term up […] The post Want to buy a brand new car? appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’
    ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’

    The daughter of one of the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. owners has assured the government that the businessmen are still in the Philippines, contrary to some reports that they have fled the country. Barbara Ang, daughter of Kentex shareholder Veato Ang, said her father and his business partners have no plans of leaving the country despite the razing of the Valenzuela slipper factory, which killed 72 workers on May 13. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian also stood by his promise to punish any local …

  • Lawmakers to review building code provisions
    Lawmakers to review building code provisions

    Lawmakers are set to review provisions of the National Building Code and Republic Act 10121, or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, to strengthen contingencies and policies to prepare the country for possible major earthquakes. The move came following proposals from Reps. Winston Castelo of Quezon City and Lito Atienza of the Buhay party-list to review the two laws and other regulations during a hearing of the House committee on Metro Manila development on the …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options