Corruption according to Maria Ressa

MARIA RESSA, former ABS-CBN news and current affairs head, gives us insights on how corruption in media — and corruption in general (pun unintended) — happens with a sad, sad complexity. She also offers sensible baby steps to the solution.

The Courage to Do What’s Right

[…] I KNOW you can do both, but it’s not easy to be both successful and ethical in our country today. Corruption is endemic. It infiltrates so many aspects of our lives. Influence-peddling is the name of the game. Conflicts of interest are all over the place. I found many Filipino organizations have a difficult time even defining what conflict of interest means. It’s too easy to rationalize particularly when it means more money or influence.

Continue reading in Ms Ressa’s blog.

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2 thoughts on “Corruption according to Maria Ressa

    • Thanks for visiting, Stella.

      I read the article you recommended, and I agree with some of its points. But it seems to fail in emphasizing the need for each person to acquire virtues (which includes sense of responsibility). Unless we struggle to REALLY live our faith or our values (thereby trying to be virtuous), we won’t be going anywhere. For example, we Christians — who believe in the supremacy of charity and who constitute the vast majority of Filipinos — should strive to live according to our Founder’s teachings: doctrines that include honesty, temperance, justice, love — all of which facilitate having a just social order.

      I agree with you in saying that we need to develop a sense of shame or guilt. But that has to be preceded by a sense of sin. We have to go back to the basics and relearn what is right or wrong. I think that’s the first step to a real education of conscience.

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