Grassroots corruption


THOSE who bribed their way to get elected to mere barangay posts last May 14 will surely find ways to recoup through corruption whatever money they spent to buy votes.

Truly, reports of widespread vote-buying and vote-selling nationwide make us wonder whether there’s a need to scrap future barangay elections if we cannot automate the same.

A manual poll, at least in the Philippines, equates to a rigged election, so what’s the point of having village leaders who can only be expected to make money in office?

Sure, the recent barangay election may have been relatively peaceful with fewer incidents of violence although many had been apprehended for gun-ban violations.

But a peaceful election does not translate to a clean election and, speaking of the latter, both the candidates who resorted to vote-buying and the voters who sold their votes are to blame.

“Bayad na kayo, so ano’ng public service pa ini-expect n’yo?” Such words can be expected from vote-buyers to vote-sellers.

A CNC staff recounted how a particular candidate in their village bribed tricycle drivers by giving them a tire and five kilos of rice each. The briber won as did many of his ilk.

Barangay officials be warned though. If the highest of the high in the judiciary can fall, so can you – easily. Just dial 8888.

p: wjg