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(BY: BOVIC L. LUCERO)    “The Only Thing Necessary For The Triumph Of Evil Is For Good Men To Do Nothing” – Edmund Burke

The Ombudsperson Honorable Conchita Carpio-Morales has said that their office accepts anonymous complaints against erring government official and employees as a means of fighting against graft and corrupt practices in the bureaucracy. Her office will act accordingly on complaints, be it written, sent through text messages and/or placed by a call whether it is anonymous or signed so long as there is substance on their grievances.

Lately, to complement the actions of the Ombudsman, the Honorable Chairman of the Civil Service Commission Francisco T. Duque III announced that the Commission is now asking government employees to report any malfeasance or misfeasance or any corrupt practices in the service committed by abusive officials and employees so that administrative cases can be filed against them. There is also a call from the Senate to revisit Republic Act No. 6713 otherwise known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” whose provisions shall include that those whistle-blowers against erring officials/employees shall be placed under the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the government. The Code avers in its Declaration of Policy that “it is the policy of the State to promote a high standard of ethics in public service. Public Officials and employees shall at all times be accountable to the people and shall discharge their duties with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest.”

It is said that the “greatest form of corruption is the acceptance of corruption,” hence, if people will not question the evil ways of others, then it is said that we are as guilty as they are! We will be sending the wrong signals to our children if we will not stand up against all those that corrupt our moral fibers that we had inculcated into the youth since the beginning of their existence only to fall prey to personal interests. We need to subjugate our personal interest for the betterment of the whole populace. As the saying of the Civil Service Commission goes “Mamayan muna, bago ang sarili!” People routinely make personal sacrifices in their lives, so why not make those sacrifices count where it is needed most. It is time to get our acts together. Let us be diligent with the taxes we are paying for and see to it that it goes where it should.

These strategies of both the Ombudsman and the Civil Service Commission, empowers the people to the max, the system is now in place and it is up to us to use this system to our advantage. Use it to have a better governance, fair play, equity and justice. We deserve better and nothing less!

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