I know this is a food blog for the most part. With less than 1% of all posts being service rants, usually about various outrageous service situations I have personally encountered. As far as I can remember, I have only posted 2 or 3 entries on the state of the Philippine economy or politics in general so less that 1/10% of 1% of posts stray into this area. But the scandal du jour or several jours is just so totally outrageous and irritates me more than a teacher with long nails scraping them down a pristine green blackboard, that I couldn’t resist writing my personal opinion on the matter. The apparent distribution of cash in paper bags to congressmen and local government officials who were called to Malacanang Palace last week is what I am referring to. Some folks apparently received PHP500,000 and others reportedly PHP200,000 in cash. Press estimates place potential total distribution at above PHP100 Million. Several recipients have already admitted receiving the cash, others have denied it. But the situation raises several questions… What was the cash for? Who was it from? Did it come with strings attached? Why were there no receipts or documentation? Why is nobody saying who gave the cash? Which budget did it come from? And if Malacanang had nothing to do with it, are innocent citizens to believe that gate security at the Palace is so relaxed they didn’t question the suitcase(s) or more worth of bundled bills that somehow found their way into the Palace grounds that morning? Complete with 200 gift bags? HOW DUMB DO THEY REALLY THINK THE PUBLIC IS? This is an outrage! An outrage! And most Filipinos are just so caught up with their own problems and so blase about corruption that the brewing controversy has not yet ignited a sufficiently heated demand for accountability and transparency. On the heels of the Hello Garci controversy, ZTE and now cash in paper bags, at what point do we collectively say, TAMA NA! NO MATTER WHAT THE FINAL EXPLANATION, I do not think you can in ANY WAY justify the distribution of cash at a political gathering in this manner. NO WAY. I am so utterly disgusted. Disgusted. Disgusted. And I am ashamed that we don’t do more about it.