or Honest Spaniards
Compare that to the aftermath of the Yolanda typhoon. These pictures say it all.
How did we fall into this abyss? As I said before in a previous article, “Pork: The Culture of Palusot,” the mentality of the Filipinos nowadays is to make palusot whenever there is a chance. The ideals of telling the truth no matter what the consequences are already not expected by many even in our schools that when one enforced the ideal, the reaction of the general populace is disbelief. But what is more disheartening for me is the realization that the Filipinos is already preconditioned to accept that lies are excusable, acceptable, and part of everyday life. The case of ex Cadet Cudia is a very accurate illustration of this. Right off the bat, majority of the Filipinos empathized with Cudia. “Oo nga naman, 3 minutes late lang e bakit nadismiss.” After the PMA explained that it was not the tardiness that did Cudia in but his lying about it, Filipinos then shifted gears to “Pagbigyan nyo na. Mas malala naman ang corruption nina Garcia at Ligot kesa diyan sa maliit na kasinungalingan.” Yen Makabenta, a veteran journalist, and multi-role writer now affiliated with the Manila Times even went as far a saying that “Lying—not part of God’s commandments!” Can you believe that? Use Google Yen or talk to your Parish Priest.
When veteran journalist Mike Enriquez endorsing ABS Bitter Herbs and Senator Chiz Escudero endorsing Circulan state at the end of their rant "No approved therapeutic claims!" nobody even notices.
Thus, when two Presidents, Cory and PNoy, who made land reform among the centerpiece programs of their administrations, conveniently exclude their sprawling Hacienda Luisita, no credible challenge is being made.
(Photo inserted on 16 October 2014)
What is it about being a lawyer that we are so fascinated about considering that the biggest thieves that this country had seen are lawyers? What is it with lawyers when, if we only stick to the simple doctrine of treating our fellowmen just like the way we want to be treated, the need for them will be so much less? In one of the latest cellphone videos that went viral on the internet, Atty Bettina Zamora was recorded on video assaulting policemen and traffic constables who were ironically just protecting her well being by preventing her from driving away because she is drunk.
As succinctly explained by the constable, she will endanger herself and others if she is allowed to drive away, given her drunk condition (which I think the ATTORNEY WILL DENY TO HIGH HEAVENS) and the best evidence at that time is the fact that she had already figured in a collision with another vehicle just moments before. This is also aside from the fact that of course that she is already under arrest for violation of Republic Act No. 10586, otherwise known as the Act Penalizing Persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs and Other Similar Substances. But lo and behold, the last time I heard, she was released by the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office for “Further Investigation because there are matters that need to be threshed out in a preliminary investigation." What does this mean exactly, sila sila na lang na mga abogado ang nagkakaintindihan. Well, it pays to be a Napoles laywer eh?
And the irony is starkly written at the top of the web page of Kapunan, Garcia, and Castillo Law Offices where she is a Senior Associate: COURAGE, CHARACTER, COMPETENCE! Hahahahaha!
Liars, este lawyers, anyone?
The Honor Code makes everything simple. Using two questions that must be both answered with "Yes" all the time, all actions can be easily tested in the ideal world. The two questions are:
1. Did I intend to deceive?
2. Did I intend to take undue advantage?