December 6, 2006 : Wednesday
KLEPTOCRACIES- ROBBER POLITICIANS
Kleptocracy is an informal term for a government that is corrupt in its management of public funds.
Philippines have a large number of these kleptocracies, which are so greedy to grab all the funds. Political corruption is no longer a new issue here in the
Philippines. It’s been born over many decades ago and still expanding and growing. There is a corruption in all divisions of our government. The Philippines ranked-second most corrupt country in
Asia. Alarming news, right? Shame…shame…shame to those who happen to be engaged in corruption. But why is it happening in our country? Many government officials are there not to serve our country but because of their self-interest. They are just into power, authority and wealth. So many actions are done to combat corruption, but nothing change. Nothing changes because those who happen to lead to combat corruption are also those who happen to commit it. These crocodiles wear different kinds of mask just to hide their dirty interests. Our country also lacks transparency that also paved way to kleptocracies to perform their plans. Transparency International ranking
In early 2004, the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International released a list of what it believes to be the ten most self-enriching leaders in recent years.
In order of amount allegedly stolen (in USD), they are: former Indonesian President Suharto ($15 billion – $35 billion) former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos ($5 billion – $10 billion) former Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko ($5 billion) former Nigerian President Sani Abacha ($2 billion – $5 billion) former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević ($1 billion) former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier ($300 million – $800 million) former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori ($600 million) former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko ($114 million – $200 million) former Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Alemán ($100 million) former Philippine President Joseph Estrada ($78 million – $80 millionThis data shows as evidence that when it comes to corruption, the
Philippines is so active to exercise it. It is in our constitution that we, the citizens have the right to freedom of expression. Actions from the citizens are arising. Organizations existed to combat corruption. Despite of the actions from the citizens, are we the citizens safe from any actions from these kleptocracies? Many leaders from different organizations died, this is a manifestation that combating corruption is not safe. Anyone who is engaged on any kind of organization should be ready on what might happen to him.
Still there is a hope that political corruption would be wiped out. We, the youth want a change. It lies in our hands to combat political corruption.