Nowadays thewidespread issue that we are facing is about drugs and the politicians involvedin it. Anyone can be involve on it even a simple resident , well how much morea politician.
We put a person on a particular place or position because we arehoping that they are suitable and reliable on their positions. But we cannotdeny that some of the government officials are just using their position tocontrol and get money from their people and because of that money they arereceiving they become more self-centered and deceitful. Narco Politics hasbeen the center or the main topic of Ms. Ana Marie Pamintuan’s article which is”The Money Trail”. According to , Ms. Pamintuan is the editor-in-chiefof The Philippine Star.
She also writes three times a week in the main opinionsection of the newspaper. Her column which is the “Sketches” tacklesa lot of different and wide range issues. She started as a reporter, she evencovered the judiciary. She also covered the presidency of Mrs. or the FormerPresident Corazon Aquino.
She has been a member of “The Star” since1986. As time goes by, Ms. Pamintuan joined the desk in 1992 as a news editor.
Andbecause of her hardwork and good works , she was promoted as associated editorto managing director and finally named as the executive editor. She has beencovering so many issues in security, local government and also in nationalpolitics.This article of Ms.Pamintuan, indicates how much narco politics has become established in oursociety. This article also talks about why the politicians are able to do suchthings. As a definition of Narco-Politics by a political analyst Alan Riding,it is the “abuse of power to achieve wealth through drug trade and theabuse of power to achieve power, using corruption to seal political alliances,and corruption which makes the wheels of bureaucracy turn. ” Ana Marie Pamintuan’sagreement on “The Money Trail” is adequate because she provided somany disadvantages or consequences that would make us realize that corruptionis impolitic.
She make use of the raid on the house of Maasim Mayor AnecitoLopez Jr. as her example to show how much Narco-Politics has become entrenchedin our society. According to her article, Mayor Lopez did not deny that thesubducted paraphernalia from his house belongs to him.
As for that example , itonly shows that narco politics has pervade even the grassroots, at barangaylevels. Ms. Pamintuan agreed on President Duterte’s controversial way ofdealing with these problems even though it has been a big issue or problem ofits own.
Squelching narco politicians is a must to prevent anyone from enjoyingthe profit of drug deals.Pamintuan stated thatit was so obvious that people don’t enter the drug trade just because of anyevil desire or to just simply ruin someone’s life. We all know that drugdealers are in it for money. To support her stand , she provided somestatements that serves as proofs that people are in illegal transactions formoney. Some of them even say that they are just doing those things to savemoney for their children’s future. Some of them hides their dirty money intheir kid’s account , believing that their kin will be saved from punishments. Pamintuandidn’t like the idea of sparing the children when it comes to the fruits ofcorruption and so am I.
I can’t even imagine a child who grows up surrounded andraised by a corrupt politician. In this article Ms.Pamintuan stated that anyone who gather a great quantity of dirty money shouldthink of the bad consequences rather than the benefits they’ll get. She saidthat if their kids are used for using those dirty money, they should beincluded in the punishment. I fully agree on her statements because if we onlyallow them to do those things , it’s like we only let them eradicate the law.We are open to theidea that running for elective office was so expensive and we needed campaignfinance reporm. And because money is the problem again, corruption wasgerminated .
Ms. Pamintuan’s observation is that kidnapping for ransom usuallystrikes during the election period, some politicians are even linked to some bankrobberies as well as kidnapping groups and by now they’re involved in drugtrafficking. But not until Tokhang and Double Barrel were launched andeverything seemed less risky. Ms. Pamintuan also added the issue about the warbetween President Duterte and Secretary Leila de Lima, where the Presidentaccused the secretary of raising funds for her election campaign through thedrug barons which she strongly denied.And that issue makesherself wonder of how do we get billions of money that they are using for thatelection campaign.
And this issue also leads to making us wonder of why doevery proposal for reforms has been shot down.So, Ms. Pamintuanthinks that President Duterte’s way is faster which is putting the narcopoliticians on a list and get them off one by one.