You blow the whistle and, alerted to a crime, government comes bearing down hard on you. Since GMA took power nine years ago, that has been the story of government’s fight against corruption, which accounts for its current score: Corruption, 10; Fight, ZERO! Among the high-profile whistle-blowers who suffered this fate were:
1. Acsa Ramirez. She was the Land Bank cashier who exposed a multi-million peso tax scam by Binangonan Landbank officials. Presented in a meet-the-press along with those she blew the whistle on, she was mistakenly lumped together with the suspects by GMA. The mistake could have been easily corrected, but GMA who wore a mantle of infallibility, instead ordered NBI Director Reynaldo Wycoco to “find” evidence linking Ramirez to the crime. Naturally, Wycoco found nothing, but he made sure Ramirez found her life over the next few years a living hell.
2. Francisco Gudani and Alexander Balutan. They exposed the wholesale electoral fraud that took place under their watch in Muslim Mindanao, defying an order from GMA that no one might speak out against her without her express consent. For their pains, they were stripped of their rank and honor and court-martialed. Now, a free man, Gudani has discovered God, the one in heaven and not the one in Malacaņang, while Balutan remains in jail, every day rediscovering true courage. Whatever happened to the people they blew the whistle on? GMA claims to be the president of the Philippines while her husband claims to be the gentleman.
3. Ed Panlilio. He’s the governor of Pampanga who won against impossible odds, or against opponents associated with epic gambling and racketeering, by the Cabalen voters’ version of people power. Overnight he raised his province’s tax revenue from quarrying 30 times, without quarrying adding production, simply with him subtracting from corruption. Coming from a meeting in Malacaņang, he had 500,000 pesos dropped on his lap by Malacaņang official to donate to charity, which Malacaņang presumes to begin at home. Panlilio promptly reported it to the public. I wonder if our very own Gov received such generosity too. Did you Gov? For Ed Panlilio’s pains, his political enemies ganged up on him and tried to oust him, a move engineered by Malacaņang. They cited his incapacity to govern, their logic being that honesty is an irremediable impediment to governance. Can you believe that?
4. Jun Lozada. He remains a gaping wound in the heart of this country. Do i have to say more about him? No, i don't think so. Because of his pains he almost lost everything.
With these developments, if you call that development, how would we teach our children and the youth about honesty? Does this mean that evil is getting superior over good?
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