REACTION PAPER FOR “BAYAN KO” DOCU-DRAMA




 If you are looking for an honest and realistic portrayal of today’s political scenario, society and corruption, this docudrama is a must-see. While the docudrama series is a fictitious story, as I view it along the way, I am more than convinced that it is somehow representative of the realities of our society. This docudrama touched a very sensitive issue. While most of us would rather keep mum on the corruption that is happening around us, this show has more than enough shown us the bitter pill to swallow – that corruption is happening around us and it is affecting our lives.




The main characters in this drama and their attributes can be seen in our society. The mayor is an idealistic politician, who is aiming to change the ‘old ways’, is hounded by his past and he is not an ally of the incumbent governor. We saw a lot of bureaucracy and political dirty tactics, especially from the governor. Even the police chief is represented in a manner that show political patronage of the supposed non-partisan police officers. The municipal office employees’ attitude towards work as shown on the first episode is very evident in us. There are government workers who doesn’t value the job, doesn’t observe work ethics and are corruptible.

The mayor is an imaginary ideal politician that we all dream about. While I personally hasn’t met one, I do believe that a politician just like him still exists in this world. His principles and simplicity is something we can not simply find immediately. Then his incorruptible character is something that must be emulated by others, not only politicians, but government officials and employees in general. We need more of him in our society. That is what really need right now.



The problem with us today is that we doesn’t see the underlying problem that comes along with corruption. Some dismisses it as “as long as the there is something to get from the politician.” Remember how the illegal logging done in the forests of their province was being laughed at and dismissed because it “doesn’t hurt anyone”? well, when the flash floods came, it affected a lot of ordinary folks.

In the end, while this docu-drama talked about corruption and bureaucracy, it is still about us, what we can do in our own little ways, and what do we want from our leaders. These politicians are our leaders. We elected them.

It boils down to this question: If we will allow them to lead our nation into self-destruction, then, are we also to blame for the worse that may come?

The video is below.


Author's note: For the next few months, I'll be posting a series of random essays and opinion pieces I made on a schooling which I am currently taking up.




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