By Niels Patrick C. Riconalla

“For evil to triumph, all that is needed is for good men to do nothing.”

By Edmund Burke

Corruption in the Philippines is a time-worn and deeply entrenched evil. It is a frustrating malady and widely acknowledged to have caused endemic poverty and heart-breaking injustice. Trillions of pesos have been stolen and diverted that, otherwise, could have helped the poor and marginalized achieve decent and productive lives.

Sadly, corruption exists in practically all aspects in our nation, in all levels and branches of government like old ivy vines clinging to a wall. It has permeated the economic-political and judicial fabric of our society. Since World War II, our politics have been controlled and manipulated by the oligarchs and socio-economic elite.