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.