Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle lamented the bureaucratic institutions that had considered bribery as part of “standard operating procedures” as the Filipino transact with them.
According to Tagle, bribery, which has long been perceived as a wrong doing, has gradually become part of the Filipino culture, citing it “a very saddening for it becomes a widespread practice.”
However, he noted that the wrong doings in the bureaucratic institutions can be cured if the Filipino culture will be transformed into an area of integrity.
“Even the business people are now looking for ways on how we can develop a culture of integrity to replace the culture of corruption that has entered our society,” Tagle said. “What is even worse is that you will even be criticized when you attempt to correct these misdeeds.”
To correct the bribery, the prelate urged the faithful to be truthful and honest in their daily lives, condemning dishonesty as the “beginning of the culture of corruption.”