Philippine Congress as “the country’s biggest criminal syndicate”? Who would’ve thought?!

I found the picture below in an article on the Manila Bulletin. My first impulse when I saw the BizNewsAsia cover was to doubt whether it was a legitimate one. After remembering how the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) got burned by using a fake picture of president Benigno Simeon Aquino III (BS Aquino), I think this was but a natural reaction.

Speaking of Showbiz Government, I actually thought that that was also one of their memes. Hey, if the PDI got fooled, other publications can get fooled too. No offense intended to them, though.

Seeing the cover triggered another memory as well – a joke I heard a few years back:

In Italy, they have the Mafia.
In Japan, they have the Yakuza.
In the Philippines, they have the national government!

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In the bigger scheme of things, however, it actually doesn’t really matter whether the cover is legit or not. If anything, that cover verbalized with big, bold words the perception that more and more Filipino people are having about their government.

“The Philippines’ Biggest Criminal Syndicate” – can’t get any more succinct that now, can you?

At any other time, I’m willing to guess that the reaction to this cover would have been outrage. The Filipino public doesn’t like being told to their face the ugly truth about their government and their society. They love to complain themselves, but to hear the same thing from other people? Don’t bother lest you want to rip that onion skin sensibility to shreds and endure incessant whining.

I’m also willing to guess that once any of our “honorable” politicians catches wind of this cover, he/she will most likely file some sort of case against the magazine.

As I always like to tell people: if it’s true, do something about it, other than whine. If it’s not, ignore it.

Good timing for BizNewsAsia, though; nothing sells like a sensational, attention-grabbing headline that is actually in line with what the general public, especially their target readers, have at the back of their minds.

All roads lead to the next question:

What do the Filipinos plan to do about this “crime syndicate”?

Remember that thing we used to hear as kids, “Crime doesn’t pay”? Well, apparently in the Philippines, it pays very well. Filipino citizens have always had it in them to stop crime and wrongdoing of all sorts. Collectively, however, it seems that they prefer to tolerate it.

Filipinos can get dismayed at their government all they want, but ultimately those people who rob them blind were voted in by them. Want to stop the robbery? Stop it at the source.

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А вы, друзья, как ни садитесь, все в музыканты не годитесь. - But you, my friends, however you sit, not all as musicians fit.

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Rogelio Lim
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Mukhang tatlong magnanakaw na senador lamang ang makukulong. Ito ay sina Enrile, Estrada at Revilla. Ang karamihan sa mga magnanakaw na senador , congressman, at government officials na kasapi ng KKKK ay siyempre hindi kakasuhan kaya patuloy silang makapagnanakaw sa 2014 budget. Kaya dapat alisin ang lahat na pork barrel mapa Kongreso o pork barrel ni Noynoy dahil nandiyan pa ang mga mandarambong at hindi na sila mapagkakatiwalaan. O kaya alisin na lang ang Kongreso at Pangulohan. Iyong lang ang mga paraan.

Rogelio Lim
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Mukhang tatlong magnanakaw na senador lamang ang makukulong. Ito ay sina Enrile, Estrada at Revilla. Ang karamihan sa mga magnanakaw na senador , congressman, at government officials na kasapi ng KKKK ay siyempre hindi kakasuhan kaya patuloy silang makapagnanakaw sa 2014 budget. Kaya dapat alisin ang lahat na pork barrel mapa Kongreso o pork barrel ni Noynoy dahil nandiyan pa ang mga mandarambong at hindi na sila mapagkakatiwalaan. O kaya alisin na lang ang Kongreso at Pangulohan. Ito lamang ang mga paraan

ImpalerTriumphant
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That’s what Drilon said he wanted to happen to Congress.

This article reminds me of Dr. Phil’s book Life Strategies: People do what works. When people do something bad, ie smoking, whoring, and drugging, it’s because at some level of their consciousness, they think it’s good for them. Dr. Phil mentions a so-called payoff, or reward, gained when they do any illicit act. The worst one, I believe is self-righteousness that is so common among Pinoys.

Stalney
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oh please, what do the people expect!!!??? You voted for crooks, rebels, tax evaders, gambling lords, murderers, actors/actresses and put them into positions they don’t even have any idea how to serve but to make a business out of it for whose gain!!!??? Ano nangyari sa taong bayan…”NGA NGA”!!!!! pag dpa matauhan ang taong bayan wala din mangyayari. Up to now wala parin nangyayaring linaw sa pdaf scam…what are they waiting for!!!???

Gogs
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I have said this since my first blog in GRP May 2012. WHo the hell cares about boxing , American Idol or basketball? Everybody votes these guys in and everybody gets it wrong. They vote in public servants who do anything else but serve the public. Tell me again where Pinoy pride comes from?

Tuklas Yaman
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THEIR MODUS OPERANDI EXPLAINED: Only public officials are accountable for the government funds they handle. Napoles and all the NGOs are private entities that do not have public accountability. The moment public fund is transferred into the hands of any private entity or individual, the money ceases to be public in nature and the official who participated in or caused the transfer is the last stop on public accountability. The government is not prohibited from giving donations to a private entity or even individual as long as the donation is justifiable, and the government entity, unit or official can make… Read more »
JDbroman
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As Bane would say in Dark Knight Rises, “when all of Gotham is in ashes, then you have my permission to die.” Lets see how the government escapes, if they continue….well lets follow up with a call to action. Eh? Deshi Basara my friends. It begins where it will end…

SacreBlue
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Vell, if you did not know it is, how clever does that make you?
Sav Oi Fare, iz everywhere!

SacreBlue
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Ze part,”What do Filipino’s plan to do about it?”, really makes a me laugha so hard. Ha, thatssa funny, oh boy! You Fallen Angel, Ho Ho… you a funny guy too! Yes, yes very funny as course!

vibeit
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They should have added the president too since he’s the one with the biggest pork.

Thomas Jefferson
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Pray tell… The godfather of the Philippine Political Mafia is no less than the dictator BS Aquino. Le merde du Aquino c’est magnifique!

joey
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I am referring to you Thomas Jefferson

2headedboy
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Meh. This doesn’t matter anyway. The politicians can steal as much as they want… It’s the PH and the people won’t do anything. Pinoys are passive bahala na people. No one will go to jail, and what’s worse is that the people will KNOW they were cheated when no one goes to jail… And still won’t do anything about it. The scariest part to all of this? The politicians are scared at the moment… But when this all dies down and they get away with it…. How much worse do you think their thieving will get? They got away with… Read more »
2headedboy
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@Ildam @Fallenangel @benign0 that’s exactly what’s making my blood boil over the entire issue. At this point I don’t know which party I’m more angry with: 1. The government that robs the people blind… 2. The people that accept they are being robbed and put up with it. The truth is there are a LOT of people who want things done about the issue. Even an elementary school student will know that the government is doing everything in it’s power to NOT prosecute the members of government involved in the thieving or atleast slowing the investigations down so that NOTHING… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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The tragic events of unbridled graft and corruption has already been exposed. What to do about it? Keep up the pressure guys and gals! We got them cold! Plan more huge rallies and civil disobedience. Strike while the iron is hot! Something is gotta give. Continue pushing for the FOI! On Sept. 11… proudly wave the Philippine Flag at the EDSA rally! Show your true colors! The Red, White and Blue! Di Palulupig! Di Pasisiil!

Leb
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2headedboy – “But.. what will it take to make everyone angry enough to really get down with a true revolution?”
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I think the only person who is capable and has the authority to ask that question is the person who is actually ready to lead a revolution.

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suyin
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Everyone knows what the other is doing coz they all profit with each other!! But who has the courage to prosecute them??? One Senator is a gambling lord and has a lucrative business of smuggling in his province… who can stop that??? We all go down the drain ..it is frustrating and hopeless!!!

Gil almeda
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Not only congress and senate but also down to local elected official are corrupt exept for a few.