THE public believes that corruption in national and local government offices across the country remains a major headache of the authorities and the Filipino people.
Wiping out wrongdoing in the bureaucracy is better said than done in the Philippines, where a good portion of the annual national budget goes to the deep pockets of grafters.
Admittedly, the outgoing government of President Duterte, a tough-talking lawyer from Mindanao, tried everything to rid the bureaucracy of world-class crooks and vultures.
“Pero kagaya ng illegal drugs at kriminalidad, nandiyan pa rin ang korapsyon dahil talagang ‘deep-rooted’ ang problemang ito,” lamented a die-hard Duterte supporter.
Indeed, corruption has been going on for a long, long time in this country of English-speaking people.
But we are made to believe that the incoming government of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. is in a position to stamp out official corruption.
“Hinding-hindi niya sasayangin ang pagkakataong ibinigay sa kanya ng mahigit 31 milyung botante para ibangon muli ang bansang Pilipinas,” said a retired government employee.
And Marcos knows that his administration ought to go after the corrupt without fear nor favor if he wants this nation to be great again in the eyes of the international community.
The people, including the millions of voters who supported his candidacy, want the incoming President to crack the whip on those who make big money at the expense of the public.
Ang sambayanang Pilipino, kasama na ang mga mahihirap, ay nasa likod ng bagong Pangulo mula Ilocos Norte at Leyte sa gagawin niyang paglilinis sa gobyerno.