The land is fertile. The sea is productive. The beaches are precious. The mountains are priceless in their timber and mining possibilities. The sunlight and the rains make living things multiply, sprout, and grow. The people are simple and industrious. The population is a big wealth and resource. The country is promising in its development potentials.
Yet, the Filipinos are basically poor – with the rich becoming richer, the poor becoming poorer while the middle class is fast disappearing. Poor they also are in health services and education possibilities. Poor they remain for lack of employment, for scarcity of means of livelihood, poor they have been long since and poor they still are – with the coming and going of one government after another, all promising the onset of paradise here and now.
Question: Why are the Filipinos poor while the Philippines is rich? Why are all SONA so far delivered with pomp and glory remain but heavenly in sound bites and handclaps but in fact devoid of credibility and realities? Why is it that one talkative president after another, one noisy government after another come and go, while the electorate and the citizens respectively continue live in poverty and want?
Answer: Because politics have infallibly become big business requiring big capital layouts yet promising truly big returns of investment. Public offices have become ready means for enviable and profitable self-service. This is precisely the reason why whole families are politicized to the extent of the now vibrant phenomenon of political dynasties. And this is the basis of the living truth that political dynasties are nothing less than political royalties.
Because of politicians who are incapable if not downright incapacitated, who are not only corrupt themselves but who also corrupt others, who are uncaring and indolent, who do not simply wallow in self-love but also seek intimate allies for mutual protection and benefaction – and who are not simply immoral but downright amoral.
Because of the electorate who sell their votes for food, clothing and shelter, who for their simplicity if not ignorance readily believe the heavenly and blessed promises of political candidates, who find movie stars so difficult to ignore, so irresistible to vote for. In other words, herein the country, there are three constants in Philippine politics that Filipinos basically agree to: One, they are made to pay all possible direct and indirect taxes to the government – from birth to death. Two, they allow government officials to do what these want such as in pocketing and spending the multi-million peso taxes they pay daily from sunrise to sunset. Three, they are used to and wherefore resigned to their poverty and misery.
How sad! How true!