Current Events and Issues Affecting the Philippines

Foreign perception of corruption in the Philippines

MADISON, Wisconsin –

Well, what do you know, corruption pays. If the Philippines is not one of the most corrupt countries in Asia, then accused health care scammer Dr. Diogenes Dionisio might have been convicted by now.

The Filipino doctor was part of a scam involving U.S. military retirees residing in the Philippines. He conspired with these retirees to file medical service claims that were deceitfully increased. Thus, in the process, Dionisio and his cohorts defraud U.S. taxpayers of around $2 million of their hard-earned money.

U.S. federal agents apprehended Dionisio last March when he arrived on Guam for a family vacation. He was prosecuted on U.S. soil but may soon be released without a single penalty as U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Dionisio was denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial. He was living in the same address in the Philippines for 4 years yet investigators failed to request for his arrest and extradition contending that “the Philippine government was corrupt and would fail to execute the request or botch it“.

If you still don’t get the whole picture, you need not look further. The fertilizer fund scam and euro-general scandal are classic examples of the many corrupt practices in government that were never resolved but merely forgotten over time. Filipinos, in general, are foolish for dwelling only on the latest issues. Lest we forget, the list is quite long: hello Garci election cheating, NBN-ZTE deal, enveloped bribe money to congressmen and governors, Jose Pidal accounts, Northrail project, to name a few, yes those were just a few.

The Arroyo administration is on the twilight of its existence. Be warned however that GMA and her allies will never cease from devising means to stay in power. Let’s continue to be vigilant and make sure that she is soon removed from office either by impeachment or 2010 elections.


8 responses

  1. secondlady

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    November 21, 2008 at 2:16 am

  2. ginoray

    Thanks secondlady!
    I too will be a regular visitor of your blogs. I have already added your blogs to my reader and my blogroll.

    November 21, 2008 at 3:43 am

  3. Let me tell you some corruption I witnessed in Philippine court of justice, the judges don’t study cases prior to entering the courtroom, often picking up files from their offices on the way to court. Less politically inclined individuals might argue the judges do not have the authority to do so before hand. This is the answer the judges would like to hear but in reality they have the authority within the laws, regulations and mandates to study files, require evidence and ask for more time before trying a case. Philippines is a bully country that ignores its own laws that could benefit people if the intent were there.

    Attorneys could use their authority and relationships for better causes instead of the pretence and empty words that confuse people about their rights. Many authorities have made a comfortable lifestyle for themselves out of misery of the people. After all, it is their business and nothing personal.

    According to laws every prisoner must be “fairly tried’ with their lawyer present but there is no such thing as “reading one’s rights” to the accused when being arrested. Most defendants have no access to a lawyer and for those who do it means very little.

    November 21, 2008 at 5:20 am

  4. ginoray

    i have a number of friends and relatives who are attorneys / judges and it’s really hard to accept that they too may soon be corrupted by the system.

    people create the system. it’s not for us to adjust to it but for us to change it if the system is already corrupted and ineffective.

    i don’t know yet when or how but i never cease to hope for better governance and a fairer justice system in our country.

    November 21, 2008 at 7:16 am

  5. amy

    the dr. was given a fair trial and there is no proof for people to judge that he is really guilty of corruption. the US justice system was fair enough. i believe this person has suffered enough, going through extradition & being treated like a criminal though he wasn’t proven guilty. for all we know he could also be a victim in this case. our country should investigate whose really at fault, not just pointing fingers at anyone just because it’s easier to find their names signed on falsified papers.
    the country is indeed corrupt but it doesn’t mean that we can judge anyone as corrupt without knowing what is really going on.

    November 21, 2008 at 8:06 am

  6. ginoray

    reports have it that the case was dismissed due mainly
    to him being denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial, which is more of a technicality.

    still, point well-taken that he wasn’t proven guilty. and if indeed he was a mere victim of the circumstances, then he should have no qualms in clearing his name.

    appreciate your comment amy and thanks for visiting my blog.

    November 21, 2008 at 8:35 am

  7. JR

    The fact of the matter is that Dr. Dionisio was never found guilty of any wrong doing. He is without a doubt a victim in this case as he is being branded as a criminal who got away when no evidence was ever brought to court and no trial had ever taken place. His rights were violated and he was treated as a criminal for months. He was denied the right to go back to his homeland and be with his immediate family during the whole ordeal. He has suffered enough and I cannot blame him for wanting to see and end to this saga in his life as soon as possible. Wether he wins in a trial to “clear his name” or not, there will still be people who cannot face the facts and will still call him a criminal who got away. He would be in a no win situation. Why not end this now and start your life again. A life that was turned upside down by mere allegations. Let us all face the facts; all charges were dismissed.

    November 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm

  8. ginoray

    i agree with you on this note, “people who cannot face the facts and will still call him a criminal who got away“. since you already established that they cannot face the facts, then what they will be claiming are mere opinions, and nothing more.

    i hope Dr. Dionisio would soon be in the news on a better light, as the Filipino who helped bring to justice the people really behind this scam.

    Thanks for visiting my blog JR.

    November 24, 2008 at 2:38 am