Too Much Politics, Too Much corruption.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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Byline: Fred M. Lobo

TOO much politics and too much corruption are making us a weak nation.

Like pestering boils that must be lanced and excised of puss, these national ills must be seriously dealt with. Otherwise, we will continue to whimper, whirl and drift.

No less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has regrettably admitted that the country is in a rut because of too much politics.

We hear the same cry against too much politics and corruption from the Catholic Bishop of the Philippines (CBCP), the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the militarybacked Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabayan (RAM) and the multi-sectoral group KOALISYON.

"Too much politics contributing to a weak state is a collective blame we must all share in," President GMA has lamented, calling for "change."

The "weak state" inherited over the years can be seen from three symptoms outlined by the President: the widening gap between the rich and the poor, a political system based on personality and patronage, and perceived widespread corruption in government.

GMA has decried "too much politics" in the country as characterized by attempts of destabilization, black propaganda and character assassination.

Perhaps, a recent example is the case of a super-rich congressman who made his mark by accusing a Cabinet secretary of allegedly pressing his financial luck too far. The controversy has shocked the nation and turned the Latin maxim "The thing speaks for itself" into Res Impsa loquitor. …