Bishops, traders push abolition of ‘pork’

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About a dozen or so years ago, the thoughts of retiring in the Philippines crossed my mind. Now those thoughts are long gone-forever erased in my mind. I’ve given up on my native country. The Philippines, in particular the politicians and the appointed officials, are up to their eyeballs in corruption. Sad to say, the Philippines will forever be a banana republic, a perpetual third world country where the gap between the rich and the poor is as wide as the Pacific Ocean. There are no other to blame but the people and the politicians they’ve elected.

What took these bishops and civic-minded people so long to think that ‘pork’ did not breed corruption? It’s been there since the Americans left in 1946. Pork is worse than earmarks in the U. S. At least earmarks are spent on something that benefit the community. Pork goes straight into the pockets of politicians.

I also find it hard to believe that even the president of the Philippines didn’t see anything wrong with it. That tells you a lot about ethics and morality in the country, where having a mistress is something all too common and accepted. Keep in mind the Philippines is supposedly a Christian country.

Bert Torres, btorres@stayrich.com


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