Crocs among us

THE nation heaved a collective sigh of relief when chief ombudsman Mercedes Gutierrez last week took upon herself to voluntarily resign days before her scheduled impeachment trial at the Senate.

Gutierrez was to be tried for various crimes that could result to her dismissal from office and the possible incarceration for criminal offenses including graft and corruption ironically at the hands of her successor at the Office of the Ombudsman.

Last week, Transparency International also released its strategies to curb corruption worldwide and while the Philippines was on the watch list, it also highlighted corruption in neighboring Indonesia.

The Philippines and Indonesia are perceptively the two most corrupt countries of Asia if not the whole world.

In Indonesia, there is a cry against the corrupt buayas in government. Yes, sir and ma’am, you read it right, buayas or crocodiles are also called by the same name in the Philippines.

The following is a reading from Transparency International:
An an exemplary illustration of how Transparency International can mobilize coalitions for anti-corruption, the leaders of Transparency International (TI) Indonesia collaborated with other anti-corruption, human rights and law reform organization to organize a week-long Black Ribbon Rally to show public support for the work of the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

During the week, thousands of Indonesians, from local office workers to musicians, publicly showed their support by donning black clothing or a simple back ribbon tied to their left hand to symbolize their mourning for the demise of justice and corruption eradication in the country.

The rallies were part of a wider demonstration of support for the KPK, organised by Cicak “Cinta Indonesia, Cinta KPK” (Love Indonesia, Love KPK). The Cicak itself is an anti-corruption coalition set up under close association with TI Indonesia, following the incessant attacks faced by the KPK from the Indonesian parliament, Attorney General’s Office and the police.

We are not inciting anyone to follow the Indonesian example.


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