Traditional Filipino Values
Filipinos work hard for the welfare of their families. Here from, they also expect much in return – such as support and understanding. These become more felt when the government fail to meet even but their basic necessities.
Filipino “familism” is what by and large shapes the Filipino notion of authority and power. Power is understood and lived in its vertical (autocratic) dimension – to the lost of its horizontal (democratic) dimension.
Power and influence are measured by one’s connection with the political and/or economic structure. Power and influence wherefore practically excludes human equality and subsidiarity.
Excesses and incompatibilities
The otherwise endearing family ties become so exclusive that the sense of common good and social welfare is sadly lost. This exclusivity more often that not, brings about abusive economic and/or political dynasties.
The drive for excellence as a personal challenge to one’s capacity in this and that human endeavor can sadly degenerate a “crab mentality.” Meaning: Everybody pulling down anybody else when someone appears succeeding.
Certain examples of contradictory pairing: Hospitality VS Inhospitable Stance. Personalism VS Prudence. Negotiation VS Principle. Compadre System VS Truth. Patron-Client Relationship VS Objectivity.
Then happened the “People Power” based on a republican form of government plus popular participation plus political assertion. The power of the people comes from a collective dissent as sovereignty is theirs.
And there is “Social Justice” that is the composite of “Commutative Justice” (one citizen to another), “Legal Justice” (citizen to the government) and “Distributive Justice” (government to the citizens) – in doing what is just.