Corruption in the Philippines

To: [unknown], RonHalbrook

Date: 12/6/1999 10:40 AM

RE: Philippines

What is your estimation about the accusations made against Rody Gumpad and the preacher who has quit preaching to be his driver, while still getting $1,000 a month support from churches here? I must tell you that for some years I have thought that American money was encouraging covetousness and corrupting some people there. The news I am getting indicates that, and involves your efforts at doing good there, which efforts have gone awry according to the view of many there. After the disasters there, I know people here wanted to help. But is it possible that we need to reassess who is worthy and unworthy there based upon honesty and character deficiency?

Dale Smelser

[Editor's Note: For Halbrook's response, click here]