Hands off, politicians!
The banner story that appeared in this paper on non-involvement of politicians in the Millennium Challenge Account Philippines (MCAP) speaks ill of politicians in our midst. For indeed many politician who successfully was first awarded election victory for the first time lived low yet with decent lives before, but after sometime having successfully immersed in the world of dirty politics, they improved their social and economic status, literally getting filthy rich and loathsomely powerful.
Henceforth, he kept coming back, elections after elections because electorates are as guilty as them, because many of them vote for the highest bidder in the anomalous vote-buying processes, a stark reality in our current Philippine political system.
Let’s go back to the topic of this OBSERVER piece today. A $214 M- road project will soon be implemented in some specific areas – a grant from MCA-P that will benefit Samar and Eastern Samar province.
Millennium Challenge Account PHilippines (MCA-P) managing director and chief executive officer Maria Victoria Añonuevo revealed that they will stick to established principles they are guided along transparency, fairness, a big no, no tolerance to fraud, graft and corruption.
Añonuevo revealed this standard guideline when she learned that some politicians have claimed in media interviews that they are involved and play active role in planning, bidding and construction of projects covered by MCA-P but this is strongly denied by Añonuevo.
That was a very encouraging story written by LSDE ace reporter Sarwell Q. Meniano, one of my top students at LNU during my short stint as part-time instructor in that university, some years back.
But even with that re-assuring statement of Director Añonuevo that these road projects will be constructed with full transparency, fairness and zero fraud still people have to be vigilant.
Grants like this from generous foreign countries that have come our way to help us before were not spared by corrupt Filipino officials who shamelessly have put the nation to shame along the way. These projects were initiated and eventually cornered by thick-faced politicians whose consciences are mistakenly misplaced in their asses.
Of course there are few workers still in government, well-meaning, honest and patriotic politicians but they can only be counted by the fingers. Sad, sad, sad!
By: Alvin Gz. Arpon
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