We may not like what we are reading about tens of billions of pesos of public funds lost that should have been used to build classrooms, roads, hospitals and used to help Filipinos (and for me, the rural folks) have better lives.
The escalation and magnitude of these theft is beyond what we can probably imagine having in this lifetime.
We seethe, we are enraged, our blood boils because of anger at the blatant action of these people who we have elected to office only to plunder the nation’s coffers.
But do you know, sometimes, all these actions may start with a piece of paper clip?
Or a few pieces of bond papers?
What about an envelope, a folder and even pens?
These things are easily pilfered by employees and I do not just mean government employees.
It is easy to get these “little” things and not feel guilty about it because who knows and who probably cares if a paper clip found its way to your bag, or a folder, or an envelope or maybe a red pen “found” its way to one’s bag?
No, this is not corruption. It is called PILFERAGE, or theft of a few pieces or a small quantity of a relatively large shipment.
Are you guilty of this crime?