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Korean on Corruption

What bothers Most Filipinos? Corruption or Lack of Love?

Jaeyoun Kim, a Korean student who studied here in the Philippines, shared his firsthand experience with the Filipinos‘ way of life, mores and folkways. And he humbly begged to every Filipino on what to do; thus, he came up with pragmatic solution to the problem that ills the country Philippines.

This is contained in his “My short Essay About the Philippines” which was published in Negros Daily Bulletin, a community newspaper in Bacolod City, Philippines in two series, December 11 & December 12, 2006.

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I don’t think so. I strongly believe that the problem is lack of love for the Philippines.

The only thing I learned from the Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country.

They go to mass and work for the Church. They prayed for everyday. However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they have released from prison. They said they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines...

When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids’ ways make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines in the only Catholic country in Asia, but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed.

My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer that the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pagsanjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would be fun. However, they were not hanppy after taking the boat. They said they would not take the boat again because they sympathized with the boatmen (who) were very poor and had a small frame. Most people just took the boat and enjoyed it. But my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.

My mother who has been working for the Catholic Church since I was very young, told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them, because all of us are the same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off.

I am sure that love is the key word, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from the person himself. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes.

I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love your neighborhood and country.

Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach him or her how to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. You already know that God also will be happy if you love others.

That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

Posted 14 December 2006
by Gil Camporazo



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