The Problem with Legislation in the Philippines…its corruption and abuse

The  Problem with Legislation  in  the  Philippines

…its corruption and abuse

By  Apolinario   Villalobos

There is a move by Philippine Congress to amend a particular section of Constitution to accommodate the administration’s effort to entice foreign investors by liberalizing the provisions regarding this issue. The assurance of the Congress is that nothing else shall be   touched, except the insertion of the “unless, otherwise, provided by law…” which is self-explanatory. However, those four innocent and simply – spelled words could create disaster if triggered by another simple word – abuse. A dangerous scenario is that of future legislators coming up with laws that will favor foreign investors in exchange for favors. Future lawmakers will no longer be interested in pork barrels which are theoretically- scrapped, but in commissions from foreign investors favored by the law that they shall pass.

The Filipinos cannot be blamed for their distrust in Congress which ever since has been perceived as corrupt. There is now an apprehension that even liberal provisions that shall favor the establishment of Bangsamoro shall be inserted in the Constitution because of the four words. What will stop the corrupt lawmakers to make laws that shall be justified by such phrase?

The Filipinos are already suffering from the effect of laws that altered the economic system of the country. Foremost of these are those that privatized the basic service providers and deregulated the oil industry. It should be noted that even without the proposed change in the Constitution, somehow, existing laws as regards investment in the country are being circumvented to favor foreign parties with the use of Filipino dummies…so, why alter the Basic Law of the land, an act which clearly, shall cause an uncontrolled avalanche of corruption?

Not a single case on corruption and plunder has ever been closed under the Aquino administration. Practically, cases were exposed by the so-called “concerned” legislators, but obviously, their objective is just to earn media mileage. As if the plunder of the government coffer is not enough, now they want to distort the very Basic Law that serves as the sinews and essence of the Filipinos’ existence. Where has the common sense of the legislators gone?…or do they have such simple sense at all?

4 thoughts on “The Problem with Legislation in the Philippines…its corruption and abuse

  1. I wonder if I’ll be able to witness in my lifetime a Philippines that, even if not 100% corruption-free, at least has a government that doesn’t prioritize politicians’ benefits but the welfare of citizens. I’m optimistic, but most people I ask say it’s not going to happen.

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    • I am one of those who have the same view…that a 100 percent transformation of the Philippines is impossible if we still have the same govt. system, because the same kind of people will still be sitting in govt offices…what we need is a drastic change, though Filipinos should sacrifice for the momentary loss of “freedom”, that has been abused, anyway, that resulted to our suffering today…

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      • I want to be optimistic about the future political landscape of the Philippines, but it’s quite difficult to do so. Just like you said, what Philippines need is a drastic change, but I can just imagine that that alone will be violent.

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  2. the “drastic” change may be in the form of curtailing of the abused “freedom”…even the freedom to vote has been abused to the point of such being sold for a pittance…Filipinos want things done on their own “selfish” ways, not for the the benefit of the majority with one clear manifestation in the failure to observe simple traffic rules….my view is based on generalities….Just like you, I am really trying to think positive, and hope that with my blogs I can help in this effort…thanks!

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