This is Surabaya’s JW Marriott Hotel’s breakfast restaurant. It is also a lunch and dinner restaurant. It is not shiny so the name is unimportant. Without limiting or delimiting this JW Marriott establishment, it is proper to say that they serve Indonesian cuisine. My colleagues and I were able to say “terimah kasih!”. No thanks to this JW Marriott’s plain restaurant/lounge menu, though. No authentic Indonesian food.
In two international corruption surveys, the Philippines scored poorly compared to previous years. Accordingly, as against other Asian nations, the Philippines is only less corrupt than Cambodia and Indonesia and corruption does not only happen in government, it also happens in the private sector. A lot of these has to do with the Pinoy‘s (Filipino’s) tolerance to corruption. It’s sickening.
While the Pinoy would ordinarily frown upon corruption, he would succumb to it given the chance. At first he would start an honest man but circumstances around him would push him to the dark side of the force. There is no positive side to it but the thought of a comfortable way of life seems to outweigh righteousness.
It seems very hard to be honest, especially when you are in government. When a public servant comes into office, he is full of virtues that would at first repel corrupt temptations. But when he sees that everyone is doing it, and nothing bad happens to them or to their careers, and in fact they personally prosper, he joins the chorus of corruption. The glee club of dishonest government employees.
Corruption in government is not the sole avenue of government officials. There are these passive and active corruption Pinoy participants. It’s either they tolerate their government officials to commit corruption, thereby encouraging them, or they are the corrupters themselves.
Aside from active and passive participation, corruption also happens among private parties.
A Pinoy would often see or have personal knowledge of a government official being corrupt or engaged in corrupt activities. He can only sigh. His inability to do anything about what he sees or knows about is mostly because of his hopelessness in the state of honesty in his government. His thought goes, “I can do nothing about it”. He does not trust his government anymore. And when he does something about it, he becomes isolated. He starts a crusade only to destroy his life and those of his family.
Punishing the corrupt is not a way in this part of Asia. Justice just takes comfort in prosecuting the small fry. The big ones who really and literally siphon the kaban (treasury) usually end up extremely wealthy, depriving a mass of hungry and impoverished citizens of their rightful share of social wealth. The corrupt cannot punish the corrupt. The big ones seem to have inexhaustible gold mine to finance a behemoth of a legal defense. The results need no telling.
It still has to be seen if this anti-corruption government of Pnoy (Pres. Aquino III) will deliver. They have a lot to fix and it is not sure if they are capable. Already many months in office, this government only have time to deny information that its President does not play PSP. Pordios!
Citizens are already asking for results. They are getting impatient. Possibly, that is why the SWS net satisfaction rating of the Aquino administration dipped to 46% in the first part of March from a comfortable 64% from the last quarter. This administration is lounging on a perceived all-out support from the people. As it may be, since they are still popular, they are in no hurry. The President is not working hard enough. And for an administration who’s very conscious of pogi points (popularity), this should be a cause of great concern.
The Pinoy also needs to be blamed for corruption in his country. It is time to start making citizens accountable for their own doing.