Benigno Aquino III's state of the nation address last July 26 pictured a country mired by so much corruption. Many people listened and sat aghast at the unscrupulous practices of various government agencies and the luxurious lifestyles of government officials. It was despicable at the least! Many would have thought our country to be doomed towards a destiny of "the favored few" and I don't blame them. But in despite of this I still believe that we can still rise up to becoming a financially competitive nation.
One of the rule of whitewater rafting is, "when you fall overboard, you need to be an active participant in your own rescue". Pnoy cannot weed out corruption on his own. That's a fact. Don't blame him if after his term corruption is still in place.
In order for our country to come out of the shadows of corruption each and every Filipino should start practicing integrity in all our transactions: take that traffic ticket, fall in line, buy that concert ticket from a certfied ticket seller. The problem is that we are fond of the "areglo" and "lagay" system. The thing is, we let our children bear witness to this and impressionable that they are---they imbibe this practice as part of the normal day-to-day transaction. Now these children are our future lawyers, police officers, bankers, government officials, president of the republic---so what do we expect our future to be?
As the Bible would say, "as you sow, so you shall reap". Let us sow goodness in our daily life and reap a bright future.