- Dr. Pura Santillan-Castrence (1905-2007)
Primary Blog Posts/Readings for my fellow, Native (Malay/Indio) Filipinos-in-the-Philippines
- the election time 3Gs “goons, guns and gold” with bodyguards/goons, political killings and vote-buying,
- allowing jueteng and/or smuggling to flourish in exchange for electoral financing support by its operators,
- the spoils system, where government jobs are awrded to supporters, in lieu of the merit system; which negates the competitive Civil Service System and consequently results in governmental massive incompetence and inefficiency,
- "pork barrel" system - Filipino legislators are allocated large sums of the annual budget (200 million pesos for each senator and 70 million for each representative). Pork-barrel is now euphemistically renamed as a program called the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). That's why candidates see these porkies in their electoral expenditures as worthwhile investments and rationale for using the 3Gs.
- the alleged Php 50 million (or more) bribery to each of 20 Senators who voted to impeach Supreme Court Justice Corona via President Noynoy Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Remember Justice Corona ruling for the tillers against the Aquino-Cojuangco clan’s Hacienda Luisita and thus earned the ire of the latter bloc.
- the awards to rent-seeking political supporters , moneyed connections who either are or want to be in business and obtain unfair advantages against any competition, as described in so-called Booty Capitalism or Crony Capitalism, etc.
- Hernando J. Abaya wrote the first book "Betrayal in the Philippines" (1946) on post-WW2 presidential graft/corruption and deceit (including the wartime collaboration with the Japanese) committed by Manuel A. Roxas.
- The respectable, former Senator Jovito Salonga has written books on presidential plunders by Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada. I have not found yet/wonder if there were other books on presidential plunders in our homeland.
Written by Indalecio P. Soliongco, Editorial Writer/columnist, Manila Chronicle
- first by his desire to free himself from economic insecurity, and
- second by the financial and social success of those who have no concept of honor and honesty.
- surplus goods,
- semi-government and government contracts,
- special import and export licenses,
- bank loans,
- exclusive trading rights, and
- a lot of other profitable sidelines which foreign interests can afford to dispense.
- mental honesty,
- love of justice for its own sake and not for the sake of self-advertisement,
- capacity to own mistakes and willingness to rectify them even at the risk of hurting one own pride,
- a passionate reluctance to lie and a passionate dedication to tell the truth,
- and many other practice and habit of the mind and spirit known to all civilized men.
Source: SOLIONGCO TODAY, Edited by Prof. Renato Constantino (1981)
Foundation for Nationalist Studies, Quezon City
NOTE: As alluded to in the Preface of the source book: Mr. Indalecio (Yeyeng) P. Soliongco was editorial writer/columnist of the Manila Chronicle from the late 1940s to 1971. He wrote over 8000 columns in his "Seriously Speaking" column. He discussed various subjects but concentrating on day-to-day sociopolitical developments; exposing the hypocrisy, lack of intellectual and moral integrity of many public figures.