GraySpectrum Opines

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Oh Baby Its A Wild World, or is it just mine

"I am resigning ... because I've compromised the trust of my constituents,..."
"The truth is I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my office."
"I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, most importantly, the trust of my friends and family,"

Now did Garci just say that? Nope. Gloria? Wrong again. You wish! Thats US congressman Randy Cunningham, who has resigned from office after admitting that he took bribes worth about US$2.4Million. He has pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion and conspiracy.

In Japan, architect Hidetsugu Aneha has been found to have been knowingly cutting costs on his buildings by using substandard materials, then faking the safety data so that the projects would appear to be complying with the country's strict earthquake-resistance building standards. One of his colleagues has been found dead, and is suspected to have committed suicide. A good number of the buildings he built which were found to be poorly earthquake-resistant have already been closed. Aneha has since admitted to faking the data.

In South Korea, Hwang Woo Suk, the doctor who shocked/awed the scientific world with his pioneering efforts on cloning, violated ethical standards (albeit unknowingly, he claims) during the course of his research. That his team had accepted eggs from two of its own members, even if they volunteered, runs counter to ethical practice. His apology last month has been televised, and their research facility has since received more offers from South Korean women to donate their own eggs.

Teleport back to the Philippines, where no less than the Republic's President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has been found to have talked to a Comissioner of the Philippines' Electoral Body, DURING the canvassing of votes, obviously asking the Commissioner, Virgilio Garcilliano, to raise her vote count. To use the words that have today become part of every accusation, she has vehemently denied allegations of having done anything wrong. Using the machinery that only the ruling party has (offering others money & power, or threatening them with the loss of such), she has quashed the impeachment complaint against her and to this day continues to hold her supposedly highly esteemed office.

Put into the worldwide perspective, I think that this tells us a lot about the quality of our politicians. But more importantly, it also speaks volumes about us, the people who tolerate such.

When will we begin to see? When?


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