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What is padrino system?

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11/15/2008

The padrino system is the main cause of graft and corruption. In every new administration, it is the common practice of the newly elected President of a country or a newly installed President and Chairman of the Board of a company or the newly appointed department head to employ his or her own confidants and team of advisers. The favored persons may be some relatives, friends. classmates or associates. The grateful appointee naturally becomes a loyal follower of the appointing official and the willing conspirator in wrongdoings. The "padrino system" is embedded in many offices especially the government. Vacancies or jobs are created for the proteges. Promotions are no longer based on seniority or performance but on right connections.

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