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Monday, September 24, 2007

The price of technology

There are many speculations on the recent scandal that rocked Manila lately about the President's husband and Comelec chair, among others, allegedly bullying the son of the Speaker of the house, who admitted that he was a former drug dependent, asking him to back off on a government deal of a broadband network. As of last Saturday, the project has been cancelled. Together with this is the questioned Cyber Educatiun Project which has been canned for the moment. I will not make any speculations on who is telling the truth, who is making a lot of money on these deals, etc. What is clear to me is that this country will never go forward in terms of technology. Not if all attempts to move this country forward will be accompanied with a cloud of doubt as to the sincerity of its perpetrators to help the country and its citizens most of which is living below the poverty line. Too bad that it seems like our leaders are more concerned about their pockets as if they are competing with one another on who can have the biggest loot of the national treasury.

I am all for the investigation being conducted on these two deals provided that the truth shall come out and that the perpetrators are held responsible and put in bars. This will make greedy politicians and government officials think again before they risk going into another shady deal. But if these investigations will be just for show that will be put to rest and die and natural death by yet another issue, I say why bother? It will be just a waste of time and money.

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11 Comments:

Blogger auee said...

Amen. I'm sure the "investigators" will be gov't sponsored so what will come out of the effort? Bias na naman. Wag na nga lang. Ganun din.

Kainis. It's so unfair.

9:19 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

auee We'll see what happens in the next few days... or months... or years...

Even the Garci brouhaha has not had a decent closure yet to this time.

7:49 AM  
Blogger cathy said...

and when convicted, these people get pardoned as if this is an issue between the government and some politicians when this is an issue between the convict like Erap and the Filipino taxpayers whose money is being used for payment of the overpriced projects.

2:58 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Cath Sad, but true.

7:46 AM  
Blogger ipanema said...

a pity why in our country why people gets in the way to protect the bad ass. if it happened in other countries, they'd be forced to resign, hang themselves of shame. but, kapalmuks talaga mga Pinoy, kahit nahuli na lulusot pa rin. ahy, kahit may investigation pero it will just be the same story, kakainis huh?

3:46 PM  
Blogger BatJay said...

parati ko nga itong napapanood sa TV Patrol lately. typical na typical na scenario na nangyayari sa mga government contract ang story na ito.

dami kong na experience na matinding labanan nung engineer pa ako sa pilipinas. kaya yung boss ko dati, umayaw na lang sumali sa mga government bidding. yan din isang dahilan kung bakit ako umalis.

hirap baguhin ang kulturang nakagisnan bossing.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Miki said...

apparently, there's a filipino group somewhere that already started something like this a few years ago; they made a network which, for example, can be used for medical conferences, so doctors from all over the world can teach other. they wanted to expand it to governments sana, but our ever-dependent government refused to fund them. my point? haha, tama po kayo. we're never going to progress technologically unlike; tsk, hindi man lang tayo ma-pressure sa ating asian neighbors. may talent naman eh, gobyerno lang talaga problema. no wonder brain drain is such a widespread phenomenon. filipino talent gets frustrated in the philippines kasi.

10:18 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

ipanema talaga atang ganun in most democratic countries. PArating pabor sa offender because of a belief that it would rather send a guilty man free than have an innocent man suffer.

Kung bakit kasi minsan, ang daming makapal ang mukha e no?

batjay kakainis ano? DApat maunlad na maunlad na tayo.

miki precisely. Iba tuloy ang nakikinabang ng ating intellectual resources. Oh well...

8:47 PM  
Blogger joyce said...

wala na, wala nang mangyayari sa Pinas...haaaay minsan nga, pag nanonood ako ng balita sa TFC at nagtatanong itong boyfriend ko'ng kano na medyo na ge-gets ang gist ng balita, minsan, nahihiya na ako'ng mag translate hehehe

9:13 AM  
Blogger R Panaderos said...

Thanks for such a great blog. This is my first time to comment at your blog although I've visited it quite a number of times.

Anyway, going back to your topic. One of the reasons why the country is experiencing a lot of problems with its contracts is the decision by former President Marcos back in the days of martial law to do away with the "pre-audit" process that used to involve the Commission on Audit. This pre-audit process, though not perfect, was designed to make sure that the government had dotted its i's and crossed its t's before entering into a contract. It also helped ensure, among other legal requirements, that the necessary bidding process was duly performed. I just can't understand why successive presidents have not been advised to reinstate that process. That would have helped prevent all these problems we're having with government contracts.

11:56 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

joyce tutal naman e ita translate mo lang e di bigyan mo na ng magandang translation, hehehe

r panaderos Buti naman at nag comment ka na. I love hearing my readers' take on any subject I write. Wala lang bastusan. :-) Dalaw ka ulit ha.

1:20 PM  

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