Only in the Philippines recently:
World Bank blacklists 7 firms for rigged bidding for its funded DPWH projects and turned over confidential information to the Ombudsman and Department of Finance for the Philippine government’s own investigation.
GMA administration’s action: The House of Representatives and then the Senate investigated…the World Bank. The accused firms were given a field day crying crocodile tears to their banks. The Ombudsman? It protested that the World Bank did not turned over all of its evidence.
The forgotten point of logic: The government does not need the World Bank to investigate any corruption or, for that matter, any wrongdoing of any of its instrumentalities. There is a constitutional and sovereign mandate from the people to investigate such doings on its own.
The farce will go on…and on. As long as the finger points to the GMA administration and its leadership, all the appointed officials, elected allies, and beneficiaries of such wrongdoings will bend all institutions to defend themselves. Such is the fact of political life in our present Philippine democracy.
Remember Jun Lozada. He is the one whistleblower who nearly got himself killed, got investigated by the NBI, and charged. He and his family now hides for their lives until the veiled political fatwa is lifted in 2010. Those whom he accused are the ones laughing and baking their way to the banks.
Remember Jocjoc Bolante. He is one whistlehider who prides on his very high Rotarian standing and yet failed all its 4-Way Test: He did not tell the truth, what he did was not fair to all the people, he fanned illwill and made enemies all over, and nobody benefited except him and a few co-conspirators.
In the MegaPacific election computer deal, the Supreme Court itself concluded that there was a crime committed yet the Ombudsman would say that there were no criminals.
The Legacy rural banks crashed and several pre-need firms also derailed or on the verge of derailment patently because of illegal pyramiding schemes yet the main culprit has the temerity to blame the Central Bank, the global crisis, the depositors, and just about everybody but himself (and the investigators had the gall to let him).
The PDEA caught drug suspects redhandedly selling the banned items, but prosecutors free them…and now the PDEA is under investigation, schooldchildren are being forced to have drug tests…and drug lords leading anti-drug campaigns?
Only in da Philippines.