Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Daloy ng Kamalayan...

As I attended one of the Cabinet group meetings yesterday, I just realized how our eloquent politicians argue to come up with a more valid policy recommendation.

Aww man!!! How I wish I would get the microphone that day and tell them Cabinet Secretaries that they are going nowhere...

Below is just one example of how they spent our precious times to come up with a valid (?!) resolution:

"Mr. Chairman, I think we should first define what is the meaning of Corruption in government. Because most of the time, government officials do not know how to delineate the legal and the corrupt practices, especially when it comes to delicate positions. In our department, one of my assistant secretaries approached me and asked if receiving gifts is a form of a corrupt practice. The gift that was given to him was a refrigerator made by White Westinghouse. My brother-in-law has the same brand as he received, and that brand is very, very durable and user-friendly. My brother-in-law bought that refrigerator in Rustan's Glorietta, just beside the new Spam retaurant. My grandson loves Span so much, and we spend most of our Sundays just eating our favorite Spam sandwiches. My grandson is a grade-one pupil in the Ateneo and he's a fast learner. He already knows the capitals of countries like Maldives, Oman, and Venezuela! Because of this, he is an outstanding student. One of my dear colleagues from the Department has his son enrolled in the Ateneo, and I think my grandson is his son's classmate. One Christmas program in the school, we met, along with business tycoons and other public officials. I never knew that their sons are enrolled in the same institution as my grandson. I even saw some Directors and other rank-and-file employees of our department in that gathering. I just thought how they would manage to bring their children to an expensive school like this, if they receive very minimal salaray from government? This brings me to the question of corruption, ladies and gentlemen..."

And the rest was history...

May I remind the readers that this speech did not happen. This was just some sort of an imitation (and possibly, an exaggeration) of how multi-faceted, wholistic and all-encompassing our dear politicians are in making and analyzing policies. To God be the glory. Nevertheless, this conversations, be it on or off the record, are quite alarming and disturbing.

1 comment :

cat-chan the karaoke princess said...

*sigh* i know what you mean...one of the reasons why i quit government is the futility of of it all. no matter how hard you slave, wala rin patutunguhan. it's a thankless job. ganyan sila "kabilis". parang you come to the point that you question why you're still doing this kind of job and are you really making a difference, etc. nakakalungkot ng husto, di ba? pero di naman hahayaan ni jerv na ganon na lang, di ba? o baka malapit ka na sumunod kay bry?? ^_~