Thursday, March 15, 2012

Is the Padrino System still active today?

One of the main points in my Analytic Essay was explaining the Padrino System.

Basically, the Padrino System ignores hard work, and rather encourages promotion by people doing personal favors for the boss, or bribery.

"In 1965, President Ferdinand E. Marcos instituted his Padrino System, shifting the government and military to his friends and family. The movie ‘Sigwa’ shows an accurate portrayal, of how even the closest of friends would sell their own kind out just for power, as Eddie sold out Dolly, or Oliver sold out Cita. (Sigwa) The thought of meritocracy is gone, because Filipinos have evidence that hard work does not equate the proper reward, so if you can get the same result without having to work hard, why would you ever work had? Marcos appointed the University of Philippines alumni to high ranking positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, over the deserving and qualified career military officers. Marcos himself was appointed President through “vote-buying, electoral fraud, and the media to tap into the popular mind and gain electoral support. He combined control over his local bailiwick and language group, the Illocanos.” (Abinales) Cronyism and Nepotism, being reward through friendship and family affiliation, caused Filipinos to have a sudden surge in priority."

Do you think the Padrino System is still in effect today? Do you think it's only limited to the Philippines, or is this form of bribery seen elsewhere?

1 comment:

  1. I think that this is still present in today's world and although it is never explicitly seen it is the primary source of power and promotion. For example the corrupt governments/dictatorships that run some of the countries in the world such as Cuba, Vietnam and other countries. IN addition to that its also true in the business world as well because in the end it isn't so much a school degree that gets you a promotion/job but your connections.