When Leaders are Lying

By Vic Odarve

Lying has been known to downgrade moral values and destroy one’s credibility necessary to lead others, yet public officials and country’s leaders choose to lie simply to hide their ill-gotten wealth and conceal their futuristic plan for glory and power. In order to avoid public outcry for their hidden wealth, leaders hide their bank accounts; deliberately undervalue their assets and other properties; and do not disclose the annual income. In order to get what they want, whether to rebuild their lost empire or conquer and rule the world, some world leaders resort to military adventurism by first lying to the public or the world in general on their true intentions.

Clarissa Ocampo testifying before the Committee

Clarissa Ocampo testifying before the Committee

In most recent events in Asian countries notably in China and Philippines, governments are purging the hidden wealth of public officials who are lying their true income and property assets; carry out the strict implementation of graft and corruption practices and its penalty, and order the investigation of the dishonest officials. But as always in the past, usually public officials would not declare full disclosure of net worth on the property and deliberately tamper the statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth in the yearly income report.

Such was the case of former President Estrada charged with plunder by over lying the ownership of the bank account. Clarissa Ocampo, the banker from Equitable-PCI Bank revealed that he was using the alias, Jose Velarde. That was it and the jury proved that he was lying; thus he was put in prison. The same thing for the former Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was formally charged with perjury and violations of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials. The Ombudsman indicted Corona for allegedly deliberately lying on his true net worth by not declaring properties and several bank accounts as well as undervaluing a number of real estate properties. In China, retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang and his associates were found to have ill-gotten assets worth $ US 14.5 bn and #7 billion yuan bank accounts. They were lying for not declaring the true worth.

In the world’s stage, some leaders resort to shadowy moves by lying the public or the world in general on their true intentions of their actions. World leaders, for instance, opt to lie in order to pursue the own agenda; cover ups strategic plans especially on security matters; attain their selfish end and use to gain a strategic advantage over another country. Lying might be a smart and savvy move because often an explanation of their action is done later to ease public condemnation and disappointment. That is what happened to Putin and Hitler.

During his press conference on March 4, 2014, Putin informed the people that he had no intention to annexe Crimea. But what happened on the referendum on March 16? The people had the option that Crimea to be part of Russia. A tricky maneuver! Thus Crimea was annexed and became a part of Russia. He was lying to the world!

Hitler, too, was lying. Barely after 6 months of his promise not to take anymore Czech territory after the Munich Pact, he grabbed the rest of Czechoslovakia on the pretext of protecting the German-speaking population. He was also lying to the world.

In human history, lying seems the easiest formula the world leaders and public officials have to use in order to attain their hidden objectives.

God, in no instances, encourage lying would be an acceptable thing to do. But rather, it teaches us that we are hurting ourselves by lying. It’s in the Bible,

“Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.”- Ephesians 4:25

As always as in history, public officials are lying in order to hide the ill-gotten wealth. That is the case of Estrada and Corona. Hitler, on another hand, resorts to lying in order to carry his dream to conquer Europe and eventually rule the whole world. And now, Putin is lying, under the pretext of protecting Russian-speaking people in Crimea, to recover and rebuild his lost Russian federation.

The world has already read and learned the lessons that these people are lying for wealth and glory. The world knows and is now watching closely Mr. Putin of Russia!

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