Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Thursday advised the youth to support politicians who resist to make corruption a routine practice in the government
and to look closely and assess the traits of a candidate who has the potential to be corrupt.

In a speech at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Santiago said: “Many studies show that one of the most critical aspects of culture is the moral tone and examples set by leadership. Unfortunately, unethical leaders tend to attract more attention than an ethical one, and unethical leaders tend to influence employee behavior.”

The senator also urged the youth to become critical against potential candidates for public office who show signs of engaging in corruption.

Santiago, who is also mulling a possible presidential bid, said voters should watch out for traits of Machiavellianism, or using manipulation due to the thirst for power.

She also warned against traits of narcissism or an inflated sense of self-importance.

She also cited “subclinical psychopathy” or the trait related to antisocial deviance that is described as lacking in judgment leading to the damage of others or their properties.

“Corruption in our country is not necessarily associated with the conscious intent to be unethical or immoral,” she said. “Rather, corruption is schematic, because it has become a routine practice in the conduct of daily business.”

“This is why it is of the utmost importance to choose the best possible president and other national officials in the 2016 elections,” she added. (MYLA ANN JOMADIAO, LNU Intern)

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