The OPPOSING forces

@Theresaaiza (10537)
Australia
September 25, 2009 2:01am CST
Hi, I am from the Philippines, in case you do not know me. I just signed in at the politics page actually. And it surprises me a bit to know that Philippines is not the only country who is suffering from a very unstable government. YOu all must be aware by the way that we rank high in the list of very corrupt countries. Wow, what a record. How about in your country, are you satisfied with your president? or Prime minister? or king? or whoever is the highest authority in your country? It seems that all presidents that I have known in my lifetime always have people rallying against them that made me think that OPPOSING forces are always a part and parcel of politics. But I guess in my country, with all the issues that our president is marred, it isn't a surprise that a lot of fellow politicians are now members of the opposition. Do we really have to point our fingers at our president on every problem that we have? From the simplest pimple that grow on our face, it's the fault of the president! Is that it?
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@EARLZHAN (934)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
It's sad to know that our country is suffering from a crisis and our leaders are keep on destroying the names of each other. They all wanted to be the best and they were pulling down one another. It really sucks that their focus now is on their personal inerest and not to make our country better. We can't really blame only one leader because all of them are responsible why we have this crisis now.
@Theresaaiza (10537)
• Australia
28 Sep 09
And just to add....each responsible Filipino citizen has a part to play to create change but sad to say, most of us blame it all to the politicians and leave them to solve our problems that we can actually find a solution to ourselves. Yes, our politics here is dirty. And we know that so I hope in the next election, we MUST choose wisely! ANd not vote someone just because he/she gave "ulan-ulan". :-) God help us!
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
25 Sep 09
Well, here if you are a dissenter they just classify you as a racist or a conspiricy theorist. The main problem we have here is the majority of our country is stuck is a false paradigm of conservative/liberal. The masses have been programmed to accept one of the same two parties we have been accepting for over a century and whats hillarious, is people call choosing one over the other year after year, "change" The highest authority here my country isn't the president or congress, or even the courts, it is us, the people, the people and our states. But we have become just as apathetic in our state governments as we have our national government and have allowed them to serve as de facto agents of the federal government when in fact, the oposite is what ws intended. Our highest authority, us, the people, have been asleep at the wheel for a long time. Somewhere along the way we lost our edge, we stopped holding our elected servants to the document which limits their power and defined our nation. SOmewhere along the way, we began looking to the federal government for more and placed on it more and more responsability and with it, gave it more and more power. Our servant has become a master.
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@agv0419 (3027)
• Philippines
26 Sep 09
I'm tired of our the scandals, political issues and many other things in our government. I don't know whose to blame anymore if it is our president or other politicians who are in the position. I lost my interest anymore to vote this coming 2010 Election. I ask myself sometimes is there's a difference if I vote again the same old faces politician.
@kid221 (151)
• Philippines
26 Sep 09
Hi Agv.. You're also tired of political scandals, bickerings, useless political issues, then you have a friend here who is also sick and tired of experiencing and listening to all of these things. I think the people should abstain from supporting these traditional politicians. They have been like leech in our government trying to suck all our national treasures and make use of the power that they get from their position. Exercise your will to vote. Vote who has the political will and the sincerity to lead the nation.
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• Malaysia
26 Sep 09
We are also ranked fairly high in the corruption index. The problem is here in Malaysia, we have all the semblances of institutional check and balance but collusion between the institutionalized forces have made corruption a way of life. You just cannot get anything done unless you grease some palms. It is getting worse these days with the runaway inflation.I do hope the Philippines get a more down to earth leader who is sincere and can fight the scourge of corruption!
@Theresaaiza (10537)
• Australia
28 Sep 09
First I would like to express my deep appreciation for your country with its rich culture and tradition. I am just saddened however to know about your own corruption issues. Greasing the palms? Does that mean bribery? If so, then it's similar here. :-(
@ParaTed2k (22979)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
25 Sep 09
Without the opposition speaking up, leaders become delusional tyrrants. I'm starting to read more from Pinoy Mylotters. My son now lives in the Tacloban area, so I'm more interested in how life is there.
@Theresaaiza (10537)
• Australia
28 Sep 09
Really? He's in the Philippines? Well I guess he can speak for himself about the political situation here in the Philippines. It's really chaotic here. There's corruption down to the local government. In our city itself the mayor has been accused of unliquidated cash advances worth 21 MIllion something. THat's 21 Million pesos! It can help a lot of people below poverty line. And I believe that those are just not issues, they're for real. He even watches the Manny Pacquiao (a Filipino boxer) fights as far as Vegas using the money of the government!
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• Philippines
27 Sep 09
hello theresa, I don't why is this happening to our country but it is indeed happening. I don't even why they would rank us high in the basis of corruption in the country, am sure there's a lot more corrupt countries than the Philippines. i believe Opposition will always be there since we are free and democratic country
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
26 Sep 09
It does seem unfair but, being the highest authority in the country to have control over almost everything, you can't deny that they would be always on the hot seat. They would be the one responsible for the country's state of affairs since they are indeed considered as the leader. No matter what advice that leader may listen to, it still depends on their final word on what decisions would manifest. Its a bit strange though that blaming others is much more convenient that actually initiating change within those who experience the short comings that they are blaming to their leader.
@arkansos (546)
• India
26 Sep 09
well, the thing is the opposition is present to check the activities of the government. Mostly its the opposition that actually represents people's views(if only to earn votes in the next election). A single party system becomes more or less communalism, which very few people would want happening now. ITs a good thing actually. As for satisfaction. THe last president was amazing. HE DID things. This one, our first female prezzy is worth a whole lot of crap. Infact for a year or so after she was elected most of us didn't know who the president was or that he had changed. She has hardly done anything. I may add that the supreme political power lies in Prime Minister
@kid221 (151)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
Hi Theresa.. I think there is no problem with the Philippine governance system but the greatest snag is with the people who governing your state. There is a clamor to change the current presidential system to a parliamentary form of governance. For myself, there is no problem with that charter change. However, the same CORRUPT indviduals will still benefit this change in governance and extend their rule to your nation. As long as your president will be marred with controversies that beset her and and her family, the nation will always be clouded with doubts and frustrations. The president should be equal, just and committed to serve the very purpose of his mandate to the people. They are not there due to the reasons they were voted by the people of their money or influence. These leaders shoudl understand the very essence of public service. As long as your leaders serve the whims and caprices of their influential friends and family, the nation will still suffer the fate of a lost nation. To be a president, he/she must understand the so called professional ethics in public service. Does she have the ethics to rule righteously her nation? In my own opinion, a leader must have the 3 Es (Education, Expertise, Experience) to be successful. There must be a proper Education for those individuals who will rule our land. The basic fundamentals of management must be understand by leaders and it can not be learned from the streets but in the confinement of our academes. Expertise means the ability to lead the people by making rational judgement or decisions on the matters of the state. Very knowledgeable of things in governance. An expert in political diplomacy to counter the whims of their closest allies. Experience will serve well these people based on the things that they have transpired during their previous rule. They are more equipped, more prepared to face the challenge of ruling a corrupt nation. And lastly, he or she must be committed to the people and the nation that whatever may happen, it must be the people on the top his/her policies on governance. It is not too late for a change in leadership. Vote for a leader who has the political and personal will to accept all the things I suggested. There is no harm in trying. God bless the Phillippines!!
@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
25 Sep 09
Hey Theresaaiaza! Nice to see you again! Been wondering about you! Glad to see that you're ok! I don't think that you are alone in your feelings about your Head of State! I live in the USA and do you actually think that there really is a big difference? I try to stay out of Political Discussions for a reason! I am not one to take sides, point fingers or get into the problems of any of the countries, including my own! What's the point anyway? It isn't really going to help or fix anything anyway! I don't know about the problems in your County so I would never comment. I just know that the World is a mess in general and I don't really know who is to blame at this point and time~
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
well economically? yes. But with the pimple? no. lol. The president should be the role model of all. He/She is the mother or father of the country. How can one be honest and fair if the head of the country itself is obviously corrupt and unfair to its people?
@savak03 (6691)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I am probably going to regret commenting on a discussion about politics but you raise some very interesting questions. On the one hand I have no faith in government officials whether they be elected by the masses or appointed or born to the office. I am wary of anyone who feels they have the right or ability to handle that kind of power. On the other hand people need to take responsibility for their own lives and not always look around for someone to blame when decisions they make don't go as planned. We all should accept the consequences of our own actions.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
I just hope our next president if not the best at least better from the past presidents. If the president may not be corrupt, the people around him or her are maybe the corrupt ones and what are the oppositions doing now? It's a great dismay for the people hearing them throwing mud and bad mouthing with each other, after doing good reputations and people were looking up to them as good officials. Mostly are lost who to vote. I just wish a devine intervention, may God guide the people to vote the deserving one, for a better Philippines.
@jpso138 (7863)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
Well, it seems that everyone is blaming the president. I think that ever since our country has always been marred by corruption from the lower level up to the top. I guess the problem lies in all of us and our system. We tolerate corruption by placing corrupt people in position and from there complain of how corrupt our leaders are. Well, I have already accepted the fact that our system is rotten. This is perhaps the reason that our country has been overtaken by many other Asian countries. If only each on of us will choose a great leader and the one that we have chosen as well as those below will do their job well without the traditional kick back and red tapes, perhaps we will find change and improvement. I do not blame the president, I blame myself, and everyone else for tolerating our rotten system and ways....