The Cry of the Filipino People: “Enough is enough and it’s time for a Change.”

Over three decades of bad government, nothing much has changed. The main reason for the crisis is continuing corruption, political instability and deteriorating “rule of law”. These are the major causes, and therefore, the biggest hindrance and obstruction to our country’s growth in social and economic.


The massive corruption exists in all public life, undermining everything like education, health, environment, agriculture, justice, mining, defense, taxation, police and so forth. In spite of being a religious country, however, up until now, our country still remains one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the poorest in Southeast Asia.

It’s truly clear that what we’ve got is corrupt system. Our country is totally corrupt, that discourages change, cripples our citizens and robbing them of the opportunities. We’ve to take this very seriously, and realize that our country is in serious trouble. The country’s future is at risk by our ignorance.

It’s evident already that the president of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III is unable to lead the country and made the country disorganized, disordered and unstable. The situation of the country got so bad that crime, corruption, unemployment and poverty all soar because of his poor leadership.

He has just been a failure for our country, and probably the very worst president of our country’s history.

It seems, therefore, that the negative effect of his leadership turns into the same old crooked path in which corruption affects all levels of the society, from the top down to the lowest level.  Bribery, bribes exists in all sectors of the society either public-private or government.

The social elites with political ties, of course, will also continue to get their benefits regardless of the political system. It then becomes ironic that the gap between the rich and poor increasing day by day with rich getting richer leaving everyone else and the poor get poorer.

Then corrupt politicians will continue to be busy getting rich in stealing public funds for selfish greed as means of their livelihood to support themselves and their family. Once again, the more we don’t speak out, the more it will stick around and the more suffering.

Pope Francis: “corrupt deserve to be tied up to a rock and thrown into the sea.”

How can one expect values, ethics and moral if the government leaders themselves have set a very bad example for our people especially to the youth? If people see the wrongdoing of government leaders or law enforcement, then they will think that it’s legally permissible to break the law.

Most of all, the truth brings negative impact on young people. When these young people are looking for role models and feel that they can’t see anyone around, they feel lost and hopeless or helpless without their guidance. When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, they will try to kill themselves or turn to alcohol or drugs and other vices to deal with their problems.

Without the right help, we can only imagine how many more people especially young children will be lost to drug abuse and crime in the future. And how many more children and youth will live or work on the streets?

A lack of funding in education results in declining value of education, because of political corruption, greed and lack of ethics are demonizing our educational system for their own advantage.

The youth are the future leaders of any country in the world, but it seems that some of these young people today are not showing interest on the development of the country and simply have no role models to look up to at home and in their personal lives.

However, our country is in critical situation becoming progressively worse. It’s worse that there is no way to stop it, and it’s just going to get worse and worse. Consequently, lasting political stability will be difficult to attain and will take considerable time and effort.

More broadly, for as long as the security situation remains unsafe, our country will not prosper and the rule of law cannot flourish especially in crime-ridden environments.

Unfortunately, the situation in the country will become very difficult to restore social order, and will continue to get worse, due to deteriorating law and order in the country.

Above all, corruption will continue to weaken the rule of law and erodes democracy itself. What most of us don’t realize is that “democracy” is totally unworkable, unsustainable and absolutely dangerous without respect for the rule of law. It’s very difficult for the country to maintain social order if its citizens do not respect the law.

Democracy requires discipline. In short, our country will not succeed if we don’t adhere to the law which in the long run is going to help us. For a society to survive, people must follow rules. The only way to change society is to be civilized, a civilized citizen, must be a law abiding citizen. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

However, the judiciary functions are supposed to be the guardian of civil liberties and protector of the “rule of law”, but the law does not rule because bribery is going on within the judiciary.

It’s so terrible, and so blatantly corrupt, it gets much, much worse. It’s so bad that sometimes you’ve got to believe it in order to see it.

Lee Kuan Yew who was prime minister of Singapore said: “what a country needs to develop is discipline more than democracy. If you want your country to succeed, a country must maintain social order, educate their people, maintain peace with their neighbors, and gain the confidence of the people and investors by upholding the Rule of Law.”

Election Day is getting closer by the hour. Our society is craving for a complete change in the system. Therefore what our country need is a real strong leader who is educated, experienced, leads by example, not corrupt, and intelligent.

A strong leader is not born to be prefect at all times, it only shows that he’s merely human and he’s learning. When a leader treat followers with respect, followers respond with trust.

We need a real strong leader who can deliver high security for the country like a well-functioning law and justice institutions, good quality education, infrastructure, health and other social systems that are important to economic, political and social development.

We need a real strong leader who can promote transparency and encourage and adhere to common forms of accountability, and that no one is above the law.

Our country definitely is in great need of real strong leader who is decisive and also have a strong leadership quality and committed to improvement, but humble, who will become a good guiding light for all of us. He’s ready to take a risk with his values, his beliefs, his vision and compassion to listen to the needs of his countrymen.

More importantly, we need a real strong leader who truly believe in making the impossible possible, who can stand up for what he believes in and the courage to believe in himself as a leader and not afraid to die for the protection of his country and people who live in it. 

We need a real strong leader who will remain confident and committed to fighting crime and combat corruption for peace and progress and justice in the country.

However, it’s up to us to make that happen. Without change there’d be no progress or improvements. So, I urge our citizens to stand and be responsible to vote for the deserving one, and no one else. If we can’t choose good candidates, it’s better not to vote at all.

We have the ability to change our country. We must rally together while we can before it gets too late. We need to put our country firmly back on track with full cooperation of every sector, input and action of every citizen of this country can make difference.

I believe in change. Let’s not silence ourselves this election. So, let’s do them proud, and start standing up, speaking out and using our voices for good. Election belongs to the people, and we must be prepared to choose wisely. It’s our decision.

“Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.”

 Suzy Kassem



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