EDITORIAL: When a governor goes bad…

December 29, 2011 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

Former president Gloria Arroyo is in will be on trial and may go to jail. Former President Joseph Estrada has been in jail and is now a free man.

In the United States, Illinois U.S. District Judge James Zagel handed former Governor Rod Blagojevich a sentence convicting him for corruption.

“The harm, in this case, isn’t measured in the value of money or property. The harm is the erosion of public trust in government,” Zagel said. “When a governor goes bad, he damages a system that relies on the willing participation of its citizens. “You,” Zagel said, looking at Blagojevich, “did that damage.”

Zagel’s most important lesson also is Blagojevich’s worst penalty: If citizens have placed their public trust in you, then you can do to your life and your loved ones what this criminal freely chose to do to his.

Zagel said corruption doesn’t just happen; people who may have fine attributes, impressive resumes and substantial accomplishments make it happen. Exemplary fathers and mothers, career professionals, officials who have done many good things for the people they serve are capable of crime.

Public officials may think that their many good deeds more than offset their crimes.

Zagel acknowledged that as governor Blagojevich had acted for the good of others: “Every governor, even our worst, helps someone. … Very few criminals are all bad. … I am more concerned with the occasions when you wanted to use your powers to do things that were only good for yourself.”

Our public officials like the Punong Barangay is a governor of the basic political unit called the barangay…the Mayor is the governor of the city or municipality.

These people are governors who would always have the welfare those who they govern as primordial but the in the instance that they use their power for personal interests means they have betrayed public trust.

They become governors who have gone bad and they have to be replaced.

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