Our problem, Bran, is that many of our officials from Manila down to the South are only enriching themselves. I am not saying that all of them are shenanigans, but I've known many who are really corrupt and greedy.
My stint in Bohol media had taught me lessons and had opened my eyes and I saw things that I'd rather not see because these things only gave burden to my mind.
The road to progress in any part of our country can never be seen until there is a nationwide feeling of love and empathy for all of us.
An official who loves his neighbor will never use public funds for his own gain knowing his constituents will be deprived of social benefits that are due to them.
Corruption is rooted in the fact our officials are busy enriching themselves, pampering their self-interests, expanding their network of political affiliates who share the same evil passion with them.
Bran, I am very categorical in saying that the root cause of our poverty lies in the political anatomy of our country. Our ordinary brothers and sisters have fled the country in search of greener pastures, spreading to the farthest corners of the globe, leaving families and homes behind to the detriment of relationships and lives of children, because they have not found the kind of hope and progress that we all would have been reaping at this time.
Thailand's economy collapsed in 1997 in the Asian economic crisis, yet the Thai people were able to recover and rebuild their economy because their leaders worked together and stripped themselves of self-interest. The Philippines did not experience such economic debacle as Thailand had gone through, yet this country has catapulted itself in economic gains that we can only dream of at this moment.
Our country has so much potentials, but then again, we are not blessed with leaders who have the hearts of Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio.