Obsession with Scandals
November 5, 2008 § Leave a comment
There’s a national fascination with anything scandalous. Reflection of Philippine society? Probably. Our society is riddled with scams and scandals that every way we turn, we see something that offends our sensitivities.
We see national highways filled with concrete barriers and traffic obstructions. We see a poster of a supposed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman in a far-flung barangay in Ilocos. We see well-dressed men getting money from a poorly dressed one. And we see government officials busily thinking of ways to raid the public coffers.
We all whisper these things in secret.
Put a celebrity in it and guess what? It turns national. Everybody focuses their attention to it, as if it’s a matter of life and death. Whispers turn into chatter and chatter turns into open talks, even loud ones.
If it’s loud enough, the Senate or Congress enters into the fray, all ready to investigate. If it’s not that loud, these talks relegate themselves into the backburner.
When talks turn into something which involves public funds, yes, we whisper and talk with caution.