December 12, 2006: Tuesday 


Ralph Julious Villamor

Note: if you haven’t experienced to hands on a computer, you’re not eligible to this

article. But since you’re in front of one, and is as of the moment reading this article,

congratulations, you’re absolutely qualified.

 Let us examine a computer. Computers have programs; of course they have a system in

which the programs lay. Every program has its function that ranges from simple calculations

to a more complex data generation. And also programs are created by people whom we called

‘programmers’. In the process of developing one program, programmers accidentally leave some

worms that are not useful to the program. They only serve as digital imprints to the line

and sequence of the program, in fact they may be harmful to the program when they mutate and

develop in to strings that debug the program or the entire system. And no matter how hard

the programmer removes these worms, it’s like magic that they can find ways to squeeze

themselves in and continue what they do best- corrupt computers.
 Now, think of this, we, the end users of these computers are the same people who are

under a government. Not quite hard for us since that’s exactly the reality. Here’ the catch,

the computer that we benefit from is our government. It may sound futuristic or somehow

impractical but it’s alright. Just like in the premises above, this computer is very useful

to us, like our government is very useful to its citizen. And in the same computer we have

several programs which stand for the various services that our government is rendering its

people. And of course, these programs (services) lay on a system, for this sense, this

system will be the entire Philippine government system that has been there ever since.

Everything would fit exactly the same not only for one missing link- the worms. Now, to

complete the set, let me introduce to you the final touch that would somehow almost if

perfectly describe the Philippine government setting – the worms as the corrupt officials.
 CORRUPTION, a fatal error in a computer, it makes no difference with the corruption

we have in the government. If corruption of files in a computer may lead to system

breakdown, it is like wise in a real set up. But fixing a malfunctioning computer is not as

easy solving a wide spread corrupted government system. Reformatting fixes a break computer

system and re installing programs makes it good as new, it may take hours or your whole day

but it’s worth the cost. This is also what our real life computer needs, reformatting. But

in reformatting this real life computer, it will not take as hours, even a day or days, it

may took months, years maybe decades or worst centuries. But the bottom line is, it is not

 In order to start our march in the battle of corruption, we must identify first who

we are going against with. There are 8 types of corruption frequently practiced in the

Philippines namely: tax evasion, ghost projects and payrolls, evasion of public bidding in

awarding of contracts, passing of contracts, nepotism and favoritism, extortion, protection

money and bribery. Now that we have identified them, we can now make the next small step to

continue the march and that is the review of our prevailing laws against this enemy. We must

secure that the teeth of these laws are still aligned and sharp. We may not notice plucks or

holes that may serve as escape plans for caught offenders. This is how se will start our

great march, but mind you, we’ve only just begun, the travel is still long, but remember

that it is not impossible. And of course a simple prayer from time to time and an act of

faith will surely help the band intact to end what we all have started.

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