May 17, 2012

I'm a Politician, Therefore I'm Rich

A headline on the May 13, 2012 issue of the Baguio Midland Courier proclaims “Vergara is Richest of CAR Solons”. The guy got 48.782 million PESOS under his name. And we're talking about a net worth here padle. To put it simply, the dude is rich. His stash is the biggest among the Cordillera's congressmen. Ifugao representative Teodoro Baguilat has the smallest stash with 2.118 million PESOS. It's funny how the BMC article referred to him as “the poorest” congressman. Dude's got a couple of million to his name. You don't get to call somebody with a couple of million bucks poor?

It's not that there's anything wrong with being a politician and being rich at the same time. But you know how it is like in this country. Year after year, we are making it to the list of the most corrupt countries in the world. It doesn't matter where this country ranks in the list. First, fourth, fifteenth, it doesn't matter. Ours is a corrupt nation. Period. So it's damn easy for the “citizens” to think and believe that they are being screwed by those who call themselves “public servants”. Just watch the evening news on TV. Holy cow dung. Every time politicians are on the news, they are either impeaching or accusing each other for corruption.

This reminds me of something. What's the name of that politician who was crying out loud because congressmen in Pinoy movies are always portrayed as sleek haired agents of corruption. Congressmen in the movies are merciless scumbags, they have private armies, they look like goons. Sometimes, they look gooner than their goons. Douchebags. To that politician being pissed off by these portrayals, Y U MAD BRO?

This is not to say that Vergara, Cosalan, Bernos, Dalog, etc. got their millions from the “kaban ng bayan”. Maybe they did. Maybe they didn't. We do not know. Only them know. Let's hope it's the latter.

Disclaimer: This article had been republished on the Saving Baguio website ( I am not nor is this blog connected/affiliated/associated with Saving Baguio.

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