When I catch a person lying, my trust in that person breaks, and the respect diminishes. I put premium value on honesty and humility in my relationships and in my dealings with other people.
When you are honest and one who owns up to your mistakes, you are trustworthy, sincere and responsible. You are a valuable person who deserves respect.
As the proverb goes, “Honesty is the best policy.”
Honesty is in the Decalogue, or The Ten Commandments of the Lord, particularly in the eighth to the 10th commandments which say: “Thou shall not steal. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife.”
Being honest means choosing not to lie, steal, cheat, or deceive in any way. When you are honest, you build strength of character that will make you a trustworthy person, one who has peace of mind and self-respect.
Dishonesty, on the other hand, harms you and your relationship with other persons. If you lie, steal, shoplift, or cheat, you damage your name and break other people’s trust and respect. You destroy your name.
When you are honest, you are a person of integrity. When you are a person of integrity, it means you are thinking and doing what is right at all times, no matter what the consequences. When you have integrity, you live by your standards and beliefs even when no one is watching.
Honesty is a principle that is absent on the principal characters in the current issue on corruption in Makati City and the alleged unexplained wealth of Vice President Jejomar Binay which are the subject of a prolonged investigation by three senators under a subcommittee of the Senate blue ribbon committee.
Yes, this is all about the 2016 elections, but not one of them is honest about their objectives. They are all politicians with vested interests. Not one has the humility to admit that all these allegations are hurled against the Vice President and his family because of their selfish and political interests.
On the other side of the fence, the Binays could not honestly respond to the allegations and accusations because their answers could harm the Vice President’s chances to become the country’s president in 2016.
The Vice President’s accusers are neither honest nor clean, but former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado’s admission of his being a sabongero, and part of the corruption that he accused Binay of had somehow made him a knowledgeable witness, although not totally credible.
The Vice President sounded a bit honest in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel when he said, “Nowhere in Rosario, Batangas do I have any property… registered under my name.”
There was a short pause after he said property, and opened the possibility that he has property registered in someone else’s name.
Honesty and humility are major issues in politics and governance that must be checked. And who would do the checking? The voters. We can penalize those who are most corrupt and dishonest by not electing them for another term or another office.
This is going to be a long process because almost all, if not all, of those in elected and appointed positions now must be expunged. But the process has to start to get it going.
Sadly, many of the critics of both sides in the political fence are not doing the country good by simply criticizing but do not take part in the voting process.
I have always emphasized the importance of exercising the right to vote to boot out those who make public office a private or family business. We should not relegate that right to people who depend on dole outs during the election period.
We cannot be honest with ourselves if we vote for candidates who can help us get a position in government, or who can sing or dance in the campaign rallies.
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