"Politics is a dirty business," they say.

One definition of Politics from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: the work and job of people (such as elected officials) who are part of a government.

A work and a job. A position that depicts honest actions.

Sad to say, honesty and the true responsibilities of government officials became invisible. From graft and corruption, plunder, scam to the ‘worse’ ones that the country, nevertheless, couldn’t get one more grip of.

In real politics’ general philosophy, “If we ignore it, it doesn’t exist.” is the usual habit and behavior that this Republic is experiencing. This is the reason behind unfulfilled projects and unfinished or pending cases. Maybe I’m wrong or in a way I’m making a point, but the true reason is that they (politicians) ignore cases and issues because their names are on the line – the more they put good fragrance there and cling to have a good image, the more blockbuster and award-winning their lives and careers would be. Reality.

Speaking of ‘blockbuster’ and ‘award-winning’, it was proven that celebrities who ran for government positions had bigger chances of winning. It was given and it was obvious. There was fame. People know their names.

I’m not questioning our celebrities-turned-politicians’ capabilities but in a way, we people (we Filipinos), expected a lot from them; and needless to say, even to all our officials who are in the position; enjoying their seats and the feeling of having body guards. Oh, comfort. There is no excuse to not execute great deal of action then.

Now that these celebrities-turned-politicians are facing plunder cases, it has become dirtier. From the limelight to court, from showbusiness to politics… these kept them going, made their lives and their families’ be on the well-off side of the whole sphere.

Do we have our own fair share of mistake here? We voted for celebrities (without even thinking that much) just because of their names and fame and we trusted them to function as our saviors to uplift us from the third-world or perhaps we trusted them that much because showbusiness showed us some part of their lives off-cam and we say, they are okay? Perhaps, there was poor judgment and thinking then.

“Politics is a dirty business,” they say. Humans were destined to be weak at some point and there were emotions that mixed with the real ‘function’, hence it is true that money is the root of all evil. The action stars that we used to watch on the big screen are now the politicians we see on TV and newspapers facing plunder charges.

The celebrities who were once superheroes and action stars cannot save us from the third-world. And yes, it was just a movie.

Author: shainnehostalero

Shainne Hostalero, MDC is a social entrepreneur (owner and founder of Happy Shift PH), a communication scholar, and a writer.

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