From Idealism, to Co-optation, and Back to Resistance

Posted on August 13, 2005 - 11:57pm :: ISD-Philippines | Human | Society
Former Cabinet Official Details her Perilous Foray into the World of Politics By Nicanor Perlas August 14, 2005 | TruthForce! News and Features (TNF) TruthForce! recently met with Dinky Soliman, former Cabinet Secretary for Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to discuss her courageous public apology for accommodating dirty politics and manipulating the poor. As head of DSWD, Secretary Soliman oversaw the government's efforts to address the needs of millions of poor families across the country. However, to achieve her goals, Secretary Soliman had to deal with the dirty world of traditional politics, a world of pressure, questionable accommodations, dirty tricks, and corruption. Her soul became the battlefield for the struggle between her own higher ideals and principles and the compromises she thought she had to make in order to make a real difference in the life of the poor.