An overpowering stench
This statement resounded with many of us, who were tired of seeing our officials apply two sets of rules when it comes to irregularities in government: One for their political enemies, and one for their friends. But more than four years hence, we have observed how the administration has responded unevenly and inconsistently to numerous whiffs that have come to the public’s attention. While some erring officials were relieved from their posts, some of them were eventually just appointed to other positions as soon as the public’s attention has shifted to something else. Some were given the rare opportunity to just disappear from public view without the corresponding accountability for past misdeeds. Some are even outright defended and protected, even praised, much to the public’s outrage. The recent revelations at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, however, are made ignominious in the context of the massive health crisis we are battling. Allegations of precious billions going to corruption, instead of for the relief of Filipinos, make us ask what kind of heartless beings would enrich themselves at the expense of others in dire need. Prior to this, health officials have been under fire for their gross ineptitude in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and providing support to medical frontliners.