LIFESTYLE CHECK...not only for judges in the Phil., but to all public servants

Philippines
March 26, 2007 6:48pm CST
It was a good suggestion that lifestyle check should be invetigated among the judges in the Philippines especially those with questionable decisions, not only on electoral protests but all other cases, especially sensational ones and those which involved poor complainants against rich respondents. If you recall during the time of erap, he once mentioned about "hoodloms in robes", although the issue was not pursued, but many reacted positively of his declaration. But if I were to be asked, not only the judges should undergo the so-called LIFESTYLE CHECKUP, but all those who are called public servants and all government officials for that matter. This way, the problem of GRAFT AND CORRUPTION in the Philippines could be minimized, if not totally eradicated.
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11 responses
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
Definitely, ryanphil, you are right. Because I have seen a lot of clerk of courts in BMW, I have seen a lot of police men with mansion house, a lot of custom employees with several businesses. My goodness! and yet they are until now not being tap yet. Because each one of them are trying cover up one another. That is the reason why our country is tainted and tagged as a corrupt country. For me it hurts, because I am a Filipino!
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
that is a fact, no one can dispute what you said, TOTALLY TRUE! It hurts me,too, Philippines being known as the most corrupt in Asia even in e-mail spamming, we topped in the entire South East Asian Region. I
@whacks (774)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
I agree. Graft and corruption is so rampant among government officials of the Republic of the Philippines. It's very shameful that we are ranking top among countries which have graft and corruption in the government. And so in the coming elections, I hope that we could install people who are not so corrupt.
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• Philippines
27 Mar 07
hopefully we will be using our senses and of course prayers to put the right people in our government.thanks.
@rsa101 (15496)
• Quezon City, Philippines
27 Mar 07
I guess there is an agency in the government that does this already and is being implemented already. The problem is that very few or some small fish are caught and prosecuted. The big fish almost or always are the one who gets loose when they do this. They are very hard to check and find these days. I can see that there are many ways to avoid being caught like when one official gets a car as a bribed he/she could always name the car to some people and this could never be touched by those investigating the person. Even the person named the owner is not the u\one using it.... There are still many loopholes that can be done by these corrupt officials so they say.
@lyndee22 (1211)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
lifestyle check should start from the top to the bottom list of public servants. before their installation on their posts a checklist should be made to determine what he has and what had he attained after. a lot of money were pocketed by these corrupt officials that could have been of great help to the Filipino people. it's very shameful to be known as the no.1 corrupt country in Asia. corrupt people will again rise this coming election lulling people especially the poor.
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@jnetkris (213)
• United States
27 Mar 07
aha anyways, i myself is a filipino not just any filipino but a concern one. Yes i am. you're right ryanphil and a lot of us concern citizens wanted that too. But let me just ask this. Who suggested it anyways? *sorry if I don't have any idea about this topic as of now, im not in the philippines as of the moment and i'm new to this. And if it is so, what are the next plan for this suggestion? did they do something about it so that this brilliant suggestion wouldn't end up into another UNHEARD suggestion that filipinos have? take care everyone
• Philippines
28 Mar 07
there is a saying that goes, "a thief is angry with his fellow thief". hope you got my idea. no further explanation is needed.
@graciela (147)
• Canada
27 Mar 07
Sad to say that the Philippines has a bad government reputation because of the people we put into office who were supposed to serve us but instead served themselves. Its a good idea to have their lifestyle checked but I hope it wouldn't be just a show again. I know graft and corruption is everywhere even in other countries but not so obvious as in the Philippines.
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
I agree ryanphil01. Credit Investigation or lifestyle check must be made on all public servants because there are those who only earns as low as 15k per month but possess mansions and luxury cars, countless businesses. Low paid taxes and questionable declarations of assests and aliabilities reconciled with their current salry earnings will prove of their guilt. Only hope that this scheme will work here without influences from outside factors like "Padrino System"
@jep_toyo (1607)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
i totally agree but what the sense of these lifestyle checks if the law is not imposed strictly? Aside from checking the lifestyle of every public servants the laws should be properly and strictly imposed!
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
27 Mar 07
i hope this kind of checking up is successful and a solution for the great problem we have now facing our govt.,do you see anyone in jail already??becoz of thsi lifestyle check??
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
The prevalence of graft and corrupt practices in the Philippines is undeniable. I hope that you will agree with me that, aside from this lifestyle checks of people in government, having a parliamentary form of government is one of the best ways to address this problem adequately. Since this system will curb graft and corrupt practices greatly, see how our politicians are very much against it. They fear that their cuts will be cut! Now, let's take a good look at our neighboring countries which used to lag way below our country before. Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, even the younger Vietnam are all doing better than us already. The way their governments are being run have something to do with it. If you can recall, it wasn't too long ago when Malaysia, reeling in poverty much worse than ours, adopted the parliamentary system. With the iron hand guidance of PM Mahathir, look at them now. It is just a matter of 10 years to make the big difference. Filipinos, let us rally behind the adoption of a parliamentary form of government. Let us do our share so we can have a better future which will have a great impact on the generations to come.
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
I strongly agree with you, though it would not totally erased corruption in the government at least it would be minimized. Corruption is a desease in our government and unless treated it will continue to affect the whole of the country, my gosh! even security guards at the customs are corrupt!!!