I received a tweet from So, What’s News? telling me about an interview between David Letterman and Philippine Bureau of Customs Chairman, Ruffy Biazon.
Remember the mix-up about Indonesia and the Philippines during Taylor Kitsch’s interview on Letterman where the host indicated that the airport where Taylor was delayed due to bribery was in the Philippines? It was cleared up during the interview. David Letterman apologized on behalf of CBS, The Letterman Show, and the United States for the accusation.
“I would like to issue a statement on behalf of my country”, said Biazon. “We, as a nation, pride ourselves on how others perceives us. A single mistake is of serious concern to us because it has a negative effect not only on the image of our Bureau of Customs but the Philippines as a country as well.”
Yet, he introduced foreigners who “actually experienced” bribery and extortion while traveling the Philippines and asked Ruffy Biazon to apologize to them.
It is shameful but true. Bribery is still a part of the Filipino culture and will probably remain until the end of time. If we are quick to request for an apology from someone who accused us of bribery, we must know that we have to work on purging bribery from our country as well. I’m not saying that bribery does not exist in the modern world. It does. But, in order to move our country forward, we should take steps in eliminating it from our culture.
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