In the News: A government run by scoundrels (On Target by Ramon Tulfo, Inquirer)
When was the last time the Philippine elections had truly decent candidates as front runners? The Gordon, Teodoro, Perlas trio reminds me of three highly qualified applicants vying for a an important job. Normally, slackers, canards, and the ethically challenged are blacklisted after the routine background check.
If the Philippines were a company, it is a company that excels in making asinine hiring decisions.
This is now getting more apparent to MSM personalities. Thank to AP reader MaskedManReturns, for the heads-up, we got wound of this gem of a piece from Mon Tulfo.
A government run by scoundrels
By Ramon Tulfo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:59:00 04/30/2010
Filed Under: Government, Elections
A FRIEND who has an extensive vocabulary told me the Philippines is a kakistocracy and not a democracy.
When I asked him what “kakistocracy” means, he smiled and told me to consult the dictionary.
This is what I found:
Kakistocracy is a government run by the least qualified or most unprincipled. It is also a government run by the worst of its citizens.
In short, a government run by scoundrels.
One is immediately reminded of the massive cheating in the 2004 presidential election, the ZTE-NBN overprice scandal, the fertilizer fund scam and other irregularities that only an unprincipled and shameless administration could have committed.
Kakistocracy also reminds us of the government in Maguindanao which, until lately, was run by the Ampatuans, who allegedly masterminded the Maguindanao massacre.
Who could be worse than the Ampatuans?
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If we elect leaders who are the “the least qualified or most unprincipled” and “the worst among the citizenry,” then we will continue to have a kakistocracy.
If we elect candidates on May 10 based on results of popularity surveys, even if we know such candidates are unprincipled or not qualified or society’s scum, then we should not complain later on that we have a bad government.
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If you ask me, the only qualified presidential candidates based on competence and leadership are Dick Gordon and Gibo Teodoro.
Choose your pick between the two.
How ironic that both Gordon and Teodoro, both bright lawyers and principled leaders, are at the tail-end of popularity surveys.
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Dick Gordon is not only very intelligent, he’s a true leader.
After every disaster or at the height of disasters, Dick was always present and personally supervising rescue operations.
Whether as Olongapo City mayor, as chair of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and as chair of the Philippine National Red Cross, Gordon’s presence after or during a disaster was reassuring to surviving victims, families of fatalities and the public.
I know, I know: I’m advertising Gordon.
But unless we have forgotten, Gordon’s job as disaster czar was in the newspapers and announced on radio and shown on TV when he was in the thick of every tragedy.
In a disaster-prone country like ours, we need a leader like Gordon who is in control of dangerous situations, much like New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was in the aftermath of the bombing of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Think about it.
Speaking of targets, as far as Dick and Gibo are concerned – Tulfo hits the bulls eye!