This blog has three purposes:
1. Act as a cathartic outlet about the craziness all around;
2. Record and etch in stone things that need to be remembered, so that when the time comes, I can review my opinions before the operational environment had changed. I know that comfort in life has a funny way of changing perspectives.
3. Serve as an outlet for other interested persons to also express their ideas. Thus the comment section is unmoderated and allows anonymous posters.
The on-going issue about pork caught my attention in more
ways than one.For starters, there is
that statement of the PMAyers against it.Did I hear anyone shout: Inventors and propagators of corruption in the
AFP and PNP?But that is just for
starters.The pork issue is simply the
reflection of the current Philippine society where corruption is almost
expected and definitely tolerated and accepted in all sectors.Why is it that despite its obvious illegality
and the President not acting against it pronto and with decisiveness, nobody
is protesting against the President and insinuating his complicity in all this
mess?Yes, I believe that the President
also has grease in his hands.Why? Because it is expected and tolerated.
People will say Pulis na Pogi is out of his mind.But wait, take a moment and look around:do you still remember of the following issues
that blew in the media in the recent past?
1.Corruption in the Church – Pajero bishops,
priest of Bong Pineda, pedophile priests…the issues are so numerous that only a
fool would say that there is no corruption in the church—financial or moral.
2.Corruption in the Media – AC/DC columnists like
Tulfo, envelopmental journalism, media practitioners (kuno) making a beeline to
my office asking for gas and lunch money.Media is another corrupt sector that only a bigger fool would say
3.Private Sector – Recently in the news:
homeowners associations employing an agency that is not registered with the
SAGSD-SOSIA.The agency itself is
employing unlicensed security guards.Now one of these guards killed a homeowner who happened to be a scuba
diver who helped in the search and retrieval operations of Sec. Robredo.What came to my mind?Corruption in the homeowners associations,
which is supposed to be among the smallest units of governance in our
communities, just a bit bigger than the family.How did that situation happen?Answer:may kumitang mga
opisyales ng homeowners association.
This list will go on and on and on and on if I do not
stop.Corruption in the Philippines is
not only in the customs, immigration, police, public works or in the government
in general but it is very much alive in the private sectors as well.Lawyers, doctors, teachers, janitors,
tricycle drivers, executives, name it, and I will tell you while looking
straight in your eyes that many of these people will commit corruption given that
smallest chance.Why?Because being corrupt is almost accepted in
our society and is nothing to be really ashamed about.
How many of us had seen the palatial house of a neighbor
working in the customs bureau as a clerk yet told nothing to our children.Some of us may have encouraged our children
to join the customs bureau!How many of
us PNP personnel saw a chief inspector driving around in a brand new Pajero yet
say nothing about it?Most of the time,
we even admire the guy as somebody who is magaling!
The Culture of Palusot
From my pulis point of view, one of the major contributors
fuelling this culture of corruption is the culture of palusot that we see
everywhere: in the streets, in the schools, in the church, in the offices, and
everywhere else, including the anti-pork rally.It is the culture that allows us—with a grin—to “just let pass” or just
let go the “small things” like parking in front of a no parking sign because
everybody else gets away with it.This includes
the attitude “hayaan na lang natin si Robin Padilla” to get away with violation
of Article 179 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines during the
anti-pork rally.The law says: "Art.
179. Illegal use of uniform or insignia. — The penalty of prision mayor in its
maximum period shall be imposed upon any person who shall publicly and
improperly make use of insignia, uniforms or dress pertaining to an office not
held by such person or to a class or persons of which he is not a member."
This is the same law that Joseph
Estrada violated during his stunt at the Welcome Rotunda about the bus access
to Manila issue just a few weeks ago.
"Hayaan na lang natin sila tutal maliit na bagay lang naman yan." And this is where the problem starts.
It has to be realized that “maliit” and “malaki” largely depends
on perspectives.What is small for one
person may be enormous for the other while what is everything for another may
be totally insignificant for the others.Like money…
For the AFP generals, P50M is just pabaon.But for other AFP personnel, P50M is an
amount that they can only dream about.For
the PNP generals, P7M in euros is just pocket money for their wives gallivanting
in Moscow while for other policemen, it is more than double than their
retirement pay after serving the police for 35 years.People kill for P2 in cara y cruz but Mrs.
Gutierrez, the wife of PDEA Director General Jose Gutierrez Jr., does not mind
losing millions in the casinos—and her husband does not mind getting this money
from drug lords.Carlos Gadapan, the
whistleblower was kicked out by Mr. Clean Pnoy!
Yet where was the collective outrage in that just like what we show
against the pork barrel?
The culture of palusot also spawns another deadly
malaise:the “hayaan mo na culture.”The culture of apathy and indifference.The general shrug of “walang pakialam.”We see this everywhere.We know that importing used clothes is
illegal but ukay ukay stalls are everywhere.Where is the rage?We know that newly
built roads like the one from Bicutan to Rizal passing at the side of Laguna de
Bay is not supposed to melt like chocolate at the first rain, but heck it did
in 2010.Where was the rage?And for the PNP, we know that the salary of
the generals is just around P60,000 per month yet we see them wallow in luxury—houses
in Corinthians, White Plains, Ayala Alabang, and Blueridge, condo units in Makati, late model luxury cars
just to cite a few.We know that most of
their money are not from their salaries, yet, where is the rage?
This culture of palusot and hayaan mo na is actually very
much alive in the PNP.This can be seen
by the current attitude of officers compared to the past.Before, the position of confidence is the
intelligence office.Most commanders,
when assigned to his major command, brings along with him his trusted intelligence
officer.But now, it is not the
case.The bitbit is the
I can somehow pardon corruption by the intelligence officer
because generally, the dirty money that flows in intelligence is not the organizational
funds but rather the protection money and bribes of the operators of illegal
activities like Bong Pineda and Atong Ang who pay off key officers of PRO 1 and
PRO 3 to insure that their Jueteng and Jai Alai are not being “bulabog.”Compare that to the comptrollers.They are entrusted with the organization’s
money intended for MOOE and other programmed and unprogrammed expenses.But is it not supposed to be a work for a
lowly civilian?This is supposed to be
the work of a paper pusher because all monies released are already identified
with object classes.01 for personnel
services, 02 for travel, etc.How
difficult is that?Well, here is what
makes it difficult.
The PNP annual budget is around P60B.Yes with a B.According to the PNP ITP, 90% of this budget goes to personnel
services.That is a cool P54B.In my simple pulis mateksmateks, if you
divide that amount equally to all 140,000 policemen, that will allow the PNP to
give a cool salary of 32,000 a month. to every policemen.But how many policemen are paid 32K?Up to the rank of SPO4, the base pay is less
than 30K and for PO1 to PO3 who compose 80% of the force, the average pay is
just 16K monthly.By my estimates, the
PNP only needs around 30B annually for pay and allowances.What about the other 24B?This is where the comptrollers come in.This is the equivalent of pork in the
PNP.And that will be the subject of another article.And yet we will just be
talking about Object Class 01 only.
In closing, I remember that last scene in the movie CHiPs
where the lead actors (who were both police officers and partners to boot) had
just made up after clashing for most part of the movie over the pettiest of
things.One guy made an illegal left
turn in an open street.Despite the new
found goodwill, the other guy chases him, presumably to give him a ticket.