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University of the East Graduate School Lecture Series on Accountability & Governance, Manila, Philippines, August 18, 2010

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    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTION AND DISHONOR
      James P. Wesberry, Jr.
      Where corruption flourishes,
      honor perishes
      When dishonor is admired,
      integrity
      has
      expired
      Graduate School
      Lecture Series on
      Accountability and Governance
      Manila, Philippines - August 18, 2010
      1
    • Magandanghapon
      Preface
      The definition of
      Wisdom
      2
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Faith in God
      is the
      definition of
      Wisdom
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      3
    • Integrity is telling myself
      the truth and
      Honestyis telling
      the truth
      to other people.
      Spencer Johnson
      INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      4
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      FadingHonor…..
      “Honor” is an endangered word…a devalued verbal currency.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      5
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      The anonymity of the megacity has relegated honor to the garbageheap of history. Personal invisibility within the mass of humanity has obviated the need to be honorable or even honest. Who cares what others think?
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      6
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.
      - Proverbs 22:1
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      7
    • Simultaneously
      with the
      diminishing
      importance of
      honor
      its meaning is being
      diluted into
      n o t h i n g n e s s
      INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      8
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Honor, though not yet dead,
      like the proverbial old soldier of the ballad…
      is just fadingaway
      Ballad: Old Soldiers Never Die ----There is an old cookhouse, far far away Where we get pork and beans, three times a day. Beefsteak we never see, damn-all sugar for our tea And we are gradually fading away. Old soldiers never die, Never die, never die, Old soldiers never die They just fade away.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      9
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud
      - Sophocles
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      10
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      It is best to live with honor for just a day than with dishonor for many decades
      - Sri SathyaSai Baba, Indian Spiritual Leader
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      11
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • Honorificabilitudinitatibus
      • Honorificabilitudinity
      • Honorableness
      • Honorability
      • Honorable
      • Honoree
      • Hon.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      12
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • Is HONOR fading away too?
      • Will it become obsolete?
      • Do we, as individuals, deserve to be honored?
      • Do our parents and families deserve to be honored?
      • Does our country deserve to be honored?
      • Does it make any difference anymore?
      • If honor fades away, what will replace it?
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      13
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      What is an Honorable Man? (1)
      • An honorable man is one who deserves honor. He deserves honor because of his character.
      • A man whose children look up to him as an example of a great father deserves honor.
      • A man whose wife can respect and love him for his integrity, honesty, and faithfulness deserves honor.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      14
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      What is an Honorable Man? (2)
      • A man whose family and friends respect him for his decency and goodness deserves honor.
      • A man who holds the intent to live the best life he can, deserves honor.
      • A man who dedicates his life to making the world a better place, deserves honor.
      • Honorable men are those whose lives inspire us, enrich our world, and make the planet better by being here.- Jennifer Jones
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      15
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      A person is not given integrity.
      It results from
      the relentless
      pursuit of honesty
      at all times
      -author unknown
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      16
    • Integrity + Honesty + Accountability
      + Ethics + Credibility
      = HONORABILITY
      Corruption + Fraud + Bribery
      + Irresponsibility + Inveracity
      =DISHONOR
      INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      The Character Equations
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      17
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • It is no longer always a disgrace, blemish or stigma to be corrupt, dishonest or dishonorable.
      • Contempt for formerly high standards is now often worn as an ornament of pride, rather than a blemish of shame.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      18
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      SHAME
      must be made
      fashionable
      Jose Marti, Cuban Patriot
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      19
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      In the Orwellian “Newspeak” of 2010:
      DISGRACEFUL ACTS
      ARE HONORABLE
      CORRUPTION IS
      OPPORTUNITY
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      20
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      TODAY
      The pollution of the human character is a far worse danger than environmental contamination or global warming
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      21
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Since an intelligence common to us all makes things known to us and formulates them in our minds, honorable actions are ascribed by us to virtue, and dishonorable actions to vice; and only a madman would conclude that these judgments are matters of opinion, and not fixed by nature.
      - Marcus Tullius Cicero
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      22
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      I hope that I shall always possess
      Firmness and virtue enough
      to maintain what I consider
      the most enviable of all titles,
      the character of an Honest Man
      GEORGE WASHINGTON
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      23
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Some short snapshots of corrupt practices
      in Georgia at mid-2oth Century
      • A powerful and despotic County Judge also owned a business that sold his own county more gasoline that all its vehicles and equipment could possibly have used in one whole year.  He became the first and only judge impeached, convicted and disbarred in the state.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      24
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • Every single county official in a certain county but one was found by an audit involved in some means of using their office for personal gain. The one honest official, a few years later while serving as prosecutor of bootleggers was blown to bits in his driveway by a bomb attached to his auto ignition.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      25
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • A County Commissioner contracted his own construction company with state funds to build roads in his own county. Upon exposure in an audit he was driven from office and convicted only to be freed by a corrupt judge. Several years later he was reelected by a forgiving electorate.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      26
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • A tractor dealer created scores of fictitious companies to bid against each other on state procurements where through collusion with Assistant State Purchasing Officer no other companies received requests to bid. Finally he turned state's evidence reluctantly but never admitted guilt though hundreds of documents signed by him bidding against himself were proven. He served a limited prison term.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      27
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • The Governor's brother received monthly checks from major state supplier.  He was indicted, tried and found not guilty through the brilliance of an astute defense lawyer before agullible jury. He later was elected to the State Legislature.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      28
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • Numerous officials enriched themselves legally by buying undeveloped property at intersections where major highways were to be constructed.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      29
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • Tax collection administrators covered up thefts by a colleague who when proven guilty took drugs to try to trick a polygraph test.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      30
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • Vote tally trickery, legal shenanigans and lock changes on the Capitol Building’s doors resulted in the state actually having simultaneously three governors instead of one for several weeks.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      31
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • Election law rigging made one rural voter’s ballot worth more than four city dwellers votes over many decades.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      32
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      • Dead people were so well organized in one county that they voted in alphabetical order in state elections.
      (One State Senator jokingly introduced a bill to prohibit the deceased from voting after they had been dead for two years).
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      33
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Swimming in Fertilizer
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      34
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Rolling in Toilet Paper
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      35
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      If the chief party, whether it be the people, or the army, or the nobility, which you think most useful and of most consequence to you for the conservation of your dignity, be corrupt, you must follow their humor and indulge them,
      and in that case honesty and
      virtue are pernicious.
      - Machiavelli
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      36
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Vice and Corruption
      Seen too oft,
      familiar with her face,
      we first endure,
      then pity,
      then embrace.
      ---Alexander Pope
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      37
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      KLEPTOCRACY
      Government by thieves
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      38
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Kleptofungus
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      39
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Integrity and honorability constitute the real
      Kleptofungicide
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      40
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      To accountability we must add integrity,
      to integrity we must add honesty,
      to honesty we must add ethical conduct and
      to ethical conduct we must add credibility through
      truthfulness and
      transparency.
      Then we will merit honor…and
      we must not let honor fade away.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      41
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Concluding remarks from a recent study (1)
      “The level of corruption in the Philippines…failed to show significant improvement despite decades-long struggle to curb corruption through various laws and policies. Deeply entrenched personalistic politics is an obstacle to reform efforts. Another reason is turf war between present and previous incumbent politicians. The new administration tends to abandon programs initiated by the previous administration…wasting incremental success achieved by the previous government…
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      42
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Concluding remarks from a recent study (2)
      The Neo-Patrimonial System (using state resources to secure loyalty in the general population) is sustained by commonly seen features in developing countries, particularly ethno-linguistic fractionalization, absence of democracy and accountability and economic inequality…productive forces have to learn to operate within this system, while keeping a firm long-term goal of creating a system which will value integrity and dignity much more than personal and material gains from political power.”
      – From Corruption and Development, Revisited, Jenny D. Balboa and
      Shinji Takenaka, Philippine Institute of Development Studies, June, 2010
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      43
    • EXTRACTS FROM BENIGNO S. AQUINO IIIPLATFORM of GOVERNMENT
      Corruption robs our children of their protection, nutrition and education.
      Corruption destroys our families and communities.
      Corruption steals from our farmers and workers.
      Corruption deters businessmen from investing in our economy.
      This has eroded our spirit as individuals, as communities, as a people.
      We have lost trust in the democratic institutions we so courageously re-established after the dictatorship…
      We have ceased to depend on the patriotism and civic engagement that used to animate many of our efforts…
      Our moral faculties as a people have been paralyzed.
      44
    • EXTRACTS FROM BENIGNO S. AQUINO IIIPLATFORM of GOVERNMENT
      The Vision for the Philippines
      A country with…
      1. A re-awakened sense of right and wrong, through the living examples of our highest leaders…
      3. A collective belief that doing the right thing does not only make sense morally, but translates into economic value as well;
      45
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Psalm 15
      1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?       Who may live on your holy hill?
      2 He whose walk is blameless       and who does what is righteous,        who speaks the truth from his heart
      3 and has no slander on his tongue,        who does his neighbor no wrong       and casts no slur on his fellowman,
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      46
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      47
      Psalm 15
      4 who despises a vile man       but honors those who fear the LORD,        who keeps his oath       even when it hurts,
      5 who lends his money without usury       and does not accept a bribeagainst the innocent.      He who does these things        will never be shaken.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      An honest man
      is the
      most noble
      work of God .
      Alexander Pope
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      48
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Post Script:
      Two unforgettable corruption cases
      The case of Vice Presidential larceny
      of the sacred cow dung.
      The case of the public official who stole
      a piece of the moon.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      49
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Sacred cow dung encased in gold
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      50
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence,—luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition,—are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
      - Cyril Connolly (1903–1974), British critic
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      51
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Retuning the stolen
      piece of the moon.
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      52
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Corruption is nature's way
      of restoring our faith in
      Democracy - Peter Ustinov
      "They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent." - Daniel 6:4
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      53
    • INTEGRITY AND HONOR, CORRUPTIONAND DISHONOR
      Jim Wesberry
      University of the East
      Manila, August 18, 2010
      54
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      Salamat
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