Napoles. A name which will be forever infamous here in the Philippines. The crime you ask. Was the stealing billions of taxpayers money by setting up fake NGOs pocketing contributions and giving a % back to the pockets of those who contributed. There was even a 10 million PHP reward for her capture from the President but she ended up surrendering. Majority of the money came from the pork barrel of the government. A budget given to politicians to do what they will for the country. I thought it was funny that they called it that and wondered why would they call themselves pigs. I found out its origins eventually, however i think the pig theory is fitting with the corruption and behaviour by those involved.
In a country which has alot of poverty and sub standard infrastructure, where clean drinking water and electricity is not available to all, such corruption is sickening. There is alot of outcry from the masses and so there should be. I left this country when I was 12 and moved to Australia. Usually when you return to a place of memory, changes are inevitable and you feel a certain disconnection from the strangely familiar feeling of place. Here a certain regression has occured. Nothing has moved forward. Corruption is worse. There is a war in the island of Mindanao between the Philippine military and the MNLF. Floods still occur in my hometown and the Rivers are still full of ash from the Mount Pinatubo volcano eruption from 1991. Construction practices have not developed. Food products are overtly unhealthy yet approved by the government in particular a popular cheese spread that has been around since I was a child. Its 30g serving already has 540mg of salt! Its no wonder hypertension is so high here. Alot more things need to be done. The problems all seeming to come from a lack of education.
“The oppressors do not favor promoting the community as a whole, but rather selected leaders.”
― Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed