A Culture of Accountability Will Make It More Fun in the Philippines in the Long Run!

It's a problem in the Philippines to keep covering people up or to blame others because they want to appear "blameless and perfect" when the reality is, such stupid reasoning will only make you look more stupid when you fall down.  What makes Japan or Singapore a more ideal place in spite of problems?  Simple... they have officials who apologize even for the smallest mistakes or two, they clean up their own mess.  It's a trait that many Pinoys need to learn.  Nobody is perfect and the only way we can cope up is if we develop a culture of accountability.

Now while I can't stand Miriam's bad temper or her attitude of siding with whoever's incumbent but one thing I can admire about her is this... her accountability.  I cannot forget how she bungled up and said something bad about China and immediately apologized the next day.  One may also consider how she even agreed to strike out the word "gago" from the records because she knew she was really angry. It's no wonder why so many FLIPFAGs hate her guts because even with her weaknesses that I've mentioned, she speaks the stinging truth.

Why is accountability a very hard trait to practice in the Philippines?  It's because of the sickness called Pinoy Pride.  Failipinos have the tendency to think that because they are Pinoys, they are never wrong and that they can always shift the blame somewhere else.  It can be seen when some Gilas players blamed the so-called "stench" of the armpits of the Iranians that they lost, instead of admitting they needed more practice.  Worse, Failipino parenting also includes the bad trait of cover-up.  For example, if the son does something wrong in school that instead of cooperating with the disciplinarian they are quick to bring a stupid lawyer.  Also, Failipinos are quick to laugh at the mistakes of others but get mad when it boomerangs to them thanks to their Pinoy Pride.  But as the saying does, "Do not do unto others as you do not want others to do unto you."

So how can an culture of accountability help the Philippines?  It will make us more responsible.  If I decide to step down from power because of a blunder I did, that would make my tarnished image, less tarnished.  I may go down in history as the person who did but at the same time, I would also be recorded as an accountable fellow.  I may even proceed to repair any blunder I did to make up for what I did even after I resign.  But in the Philippines, we still have this going on.

The Nobita Administration is proving itself that it does not want to be accountable for its actions.  President Benigno Simeon "Nobita" C. Aquino shows just how irresponsible he is whenever he keeps blaming Gloria M. Arroyo for EVERYTHING WRONG in his administration.  It also shows with the likes of Corazon "Stinky" Soliman with not resigning over the neglected goods.  Other countries have officials who will resign over their messes and clean it up, but not so in the Philippines.

Some use the excuse and say, "It's shameful to admit your mistake."  To be honest, which is more shameful?  Resisting arrest or surrendering one's self?  In a court of law, one may think of this.  Do you know that a punishment can be reduced if you hand yourself over?  Or in any offense, you can get mercy and even lesser chances of repeating the same mistake if you choose to clean your mess up?  Responsibility for one's actions enforces the idea to one's head, "I won't do it again." without all the B.S. of scapegoating.  Scapegoating is always the easy solution which in turn creates a culture of escaping blame and the victim card mentality.

One must admit that real heroes are NOT perfect people.  One may consider the reality.  Did you know some of the greatest heroes in history were attention deficits?  Famous physicist Isaac Newton was a weirdo.  Nikola Tesla the man who electrified the world had several failures before we got to enjoy the electricity we had today.  Bill Gates wasn't always rich.  But what made them successful in spite of their "defect"?  Let me tell you this... they went forward.  They had a culture of accountability.  Just think... I don't think Bill Gates blamed everyone when he was at his trial and error stage.  Nikola Tesla knew failure was to be expected.  If you are not ready to fail, then you are never ready for success.  Aside from laziness, the other reason why you are not ready to fail is because you lack accountability.

Now why is most of the Philippines especially Imperial Manila not moving forward?  It's a lack of accountability that can be blamed.  Now why do some areas of the Philippines progress?  Thank accountability for that.  The better Pinoys are humble to the point that when they make a mistake, they mend it rather than shift the blame to someone.  Not shifting the blame to someone may make you look like a loser for now but real winners do not look at their failures as reasons to quit but as things they need to overcome.  A real winner does not believe that failures, blunders and losing are equivalent to the end of the world.  Meanwhile, Manila's lack of accountability has led to more crimes, more floods and the like.  

The lack of accountability is even present with the Failipino culture of justifying and rationalizing the WRONGS of Pinoys who deserve to be at the death row.  While I can go ahead and start yapping about their double-standard hypocrisy like wanting to punish guilty foreigners AND saving guilty Filipinos, it's also a picture of a lack of accountability.  If a country keeps defending its guilty citizens, it gives an impression that it's a country of criminals, by criminals and for criminals.  Meanwhile if a country gives accountability for the guilt its citizens do like, "Sorry pal, you do the crime, yo do the time." to any guilty citizens, then it's a country that truly values justice.

There is also the problem of the RANGE of excuses.  What makes it irritating is that when somebody fouls up, instead of saying sorry, they try to justify the wrong they do.  Just think instead of apologizing for being late, they blame the weather and the traffic.  Worse, it's sometimes done on purpose in the name of "nationalism".  I mentioned the Gilas sore losers earlier, it's already all too common.  It can also go, "Because he/she is my fellow Pinoy." to justify the cover up culture.  Instead, why can't we have it like, "I'm sorry for my neglect that the relief goods are expired.  I will pay up and I will also resign." instead of doing a Stinky Soliman.

The cover-up culture is another reason why the Philippines cannot move forward.  They hate the bitter truth and isn't it any wonder why Aguirre is a "new hero"?  I'm not really all that surprised because they posthumously declared some guilty Pinoys who were executed abroad as "heroes".  Aguirre's "I'm the victim here..." is indeed an epic facedesk to any decent Pinoy.  Where does the person learn?  Running away from his mistakes and blaming others or humbly fixing their mess even if others laugh at him/her?  The first one is where learning happens.  One must realize covering up only makes matters worse.  It's just like a bunch of eggs.  If you refuse to throw away the rotten egg, everything else will rot.

If a culture of accountability was present, just think how many flood waters will be avoided, how many mistakes will be remedied?  Sure no one is perfect but think which is better?  80% right and 20% wrong or the reverse?!  The problem is many of the people who mock those who are 80% right and 20% wrong for anything out of their 20% wrong are probably 99% wrong and 1% right.  People who are 99% wrong and 1% right are people who continue in their culture of impunity and stubbornness.  I just couldn't remember all the butthurt comments of Claire Danes that caused her to be banned for stating the blunt truth about Manila.


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