It’s P-Noy who first used the term “Wang-wang Mentality”. It’s not about those people who have name “Wang” or “Wangwang”. It’s about the illegal means that Filipino did for their own advantage like stealing government money, bribing personnel in an office just to get a fast service or anything that he can get from that office that should be given to others, and other ways of corruption and abuse.
The “wang-wang” term is actually derived from the sound of the siren attached to a car like those on the police cars, ambulances and fire trucks. But the term is often used by Filipinos, especially the children, to call the siren.
On P-Noy’s speech (I forgot if it’s his first State of Nation Address – SONA, or it’s his speech during his oath taking), P-Noy mentioned “Wang-wang” referring to the siren used by those abusive people mostly politicians to clear the road (just like what would happened if a police car or ambulance passed a road) that they are passing so that they would reach their destination without delay.
In the US - The US government is currently prosecuting their personnel involved in activities that we currently call here in the Philippines as “wang-wang” scheme.
Here’s the report from AP:
Most crimes uncovered by U.S. investigators in the two war zones include bribery, kickbacks and theft, inspired in part by the deep and pervasive cultures of corruption indigenous to the countries themselves.
Among some of the cases listed in the reports were those of:
Gunnery Sgt. Eric Hamilton, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in what prosecutors say was a scheme to help Iraqi contractors steal 70 generators that were meant to supply electricity for fellow Marines. He sent some of their payments home in a footlocker and had other money wired, the report said.
Several U.S. government employees, who received kickbacks for steering contracts to local conspirators and providing inside information to people competing for contracts. A former army sergeant, who was not identified, is charged with pocketing more than $12,000 in cash that a contractor never picked up after the money was allegedly stolen by another army sergeant and mailed to California inside a stuffed animal.
Jordanian national and U.S. embassy employee Osama Esam Saleem Ayesh, who was convicted in April for stealing nearly $240,000 intended to cover shipping and customs charges the State Department incurs when it moves household goods of its employees. The money wound up in Ayesh’s bank in Jordan.
The crimes committed as mentioned on the report are actually happening here in the Philippines. Even if P-Noy’s government is doing something against these activities, but they are still rampant.
Last September, a friend went to the LTO Maasin City to renew the registration of the car that his family bought from a car dealer selling “chop-chop cars”. But the LTO denied his application to renew the registration, telling me that the car was previously registered to a flagged LTO office in Cebu and the LTO Main office released a memorandum against the cars registered to those flagged LTO offices.
So, he went to the car dealer and told them his problem which the car dealer said is not really a problem. They then offered their services to renew the registration. Then after a month, the car’s registration has been successfully renewed.
What does it mean? It clearly means that bribery is still happening in some LTO offices.
The term “chop-chop cars” refers to the cars that are brought into the country dismantled and through illegal smuggling. And then they were assembled again and being sold by car dealers.
- dress for oath taking
- oath taking attire for teachers
- wang wang mentality