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Honesty and the fourth of July

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People expect the return of the basic value of HONESTY , in our dealings with the public and private sector, with assumption of P-Noy into the Office of the President. Leadership by example, and in the history of the public and private life of P-Noy, he is known by his family, friends, allies and associates, as an honest person. Tired of brazen lies and unabated abuse of the perquisites of a public office, the people chose an honest man to lead this country, as against the other candidates who had a more active political mileage and better perceived competence.

Political analysts have been quick to state that such basic values of HONESTY and INTEGRITY, are good building blocks to restore the damaged social and political structures which had diminished the mechanisms of democracy.

Today is the “Fourth of July, and this is the celebration of Independence Day of the United States of America. People who came from Europe, Asia and other corners of the globe decided to create “One nation under God with liberty and justice for all” in the New World, wherein they established “a government of the people, for the people and by the people”. These were huddled masses who escaped from the oppression of tyrants and kings, who exercised absolute powers, and where subjects can lose his head, upon the whim and caprices of a ruler. Because of their varying backgrounds and history, Americans are multi ethnic and multi-cultural, but one in making their government answerable to the people.

Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore had proven that basic values, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, RESPECT, SELF DISCIPLINE, etc. are the most important buildings block of a strong country. He had shown the way, he has created a stable, modern and economically progressive country, through his leadership by example.

Like what P-Noy said: “There are more honest people in government service! “, and most of us know that in our locality, we have managed to hold our leaders responsible and honest.

Today, every citizen is challenged to keep their government officials honest. So, enough with requesting cash for tuition fees, prescriptions, fares, burials, allowances, wedding gifts, etc., because people may be making demands which will force our officials to dip into the public coffers, beyond what is legally budgeted. Let us all practice responsible citizenship, by not dumping our private financial responsibilities on our government. Let us practice the motto: HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY!

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