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How corrupt cops make food more expensive

If policemen are to be prevented from extorting money and food from motorists and truckers, the government will have to start paying them a decent wage, said an editorial in <em>The Philippine Star.</em>

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The Philippine National Police routinely “extort money from motorists,” said the Manila Philippine Star in an editorial. You can be driving the speed limit, but you’ll get pulled over anyway, and the only way to avoid a ticket is to grease the officer’s palm. Truckers are a favorite target—particularly those delivering food to grocery stores and restaurants. “Food suppliers simply consider this an added delivery expense and pass on the burden to consumers.” Now that food and gas prices have gotten so high, though, payments to the police are finally being seen as an outrage. The police leadership has promised a “name and shame” campaign to expose corrupt cops. That’s fine, as far as it goes, but fear of exposure won’t deter an officer who is desperate for cash. It turns out there’s a good reason for the rampant corruption: “Many cops live below the poverty line, unable to provide even decent shelter for their families.” If we want to pay less for food, we will have to start paying our police force a decent wage.

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