ocieties the world over
have always been fascinated by wealth. And nowhere is this more evident than
in the Philippines today. In fact, Filipinos seem to have gone beyond
fascination to actual adoration of anyone with a lot of money. And such
adulation is at some level, understandable. In a country where corruption is
pervasive and everything—as well as everyone—appears to be for sale, money
will put you above the law. Unlike countries such as the United States where
even a billionaire could end up behind bars, in the Philippines, the rich
get away with murder—literally.
Therefore why not be rich? Makes
sense doesn’t it? So a vast number of Pinoys make it a point to get
rich—quick! And there lies the problem. It is easier to make money
illegally rather than legally. Break the law, stack the deck, grease the
palms, buy off the regulators, give kickbacks; the ways to accumulate wealth
the wrong way are endless. Sadly, the number of Filipinos making money
illegally appears to have increased alarmingly over the years.
It is therefore only
logical that not just the media but the average Juan and Juana start asking
rich people how they made their fortunes. For example how was Bureau of
Customs clerk Paulino Elevado IV whose take home pay was less than P6,000.00
a month able to drive around in a Porsche? Instead of being awed, Elevado’s
friends and relatives should have asked him how he managed such a feat.
Another example was Ferdinand Marcos. According to his wife Imelda, they had
a trillion dollars in their Citibank New York bank accounts. Assuming this
was not another one of Imelda’s fantasies, the public should have asked: how
did a poor boy from Batac who supposedly had a full-time job running an
entire country manage to amass more wealth than say Warren Buffett, a
renowned businessman who works full-time at it and employs an army of
top-flight investment advisers to help him out? How was Marcos able to
out-Buffett, Buffett—singlehandedly, and all the while doing it on the side?
Instead of being impressed
with the fancy new car, or the Rolex watch, or the opulent mansion of a
friend or relative, Pinoys ought to be asking them how they managed to
afford those luxuries. In fact the whole country should be asking the same
question of all these sudden millionaires who gain untold wealth without
anyone having the slightest clue of how they do it. The Philippine press
ought to be leading the charge instead of lionizing the rich as most media
outfits do today.
In the context of
Philippine society today, a healthy dose of skepticism towards individuals
who are making tons of money is not uncalled for. These folks need to pass
some kind of “acid test” before they can be embraced by the public. And
public servants who make money while in office ought to be hauled off to
The Philippines will need
to put in place exceptionally tough laws to combat corruption given the lack
of ethics and morality in our society. And until that day comes when the
country has been effectively cleansed of it, you and I and everyone else
need to be asking the rich this question: “how did you get to be so rich?”
Philnews.com reserves the right to select and edit comments for publication.
Name: Good Conscience City/State/Country: USA IP
Filipinos have a lot of misplaced sentiments. Again, if the Philippines is rooted on good education, cultural pride and honorable values, the country will not be in such sorry state as it is now. For instance: they find shame in living in a small house but no shame in robbing their own countrymen. They find shame in exercising their rights but no shame in running for public office given that they just got out of jail for graft and corruption. They find shame in being uneducated but not in being a follower of false and corrupted heroes. They find shame in doing menial jobs (those low-paying positions) but find no shame in taking advantage of the gullible and innocent.
Name: dustin City/State/Country: england IP Address: 18.104.22.168
I've said for a long time every politician should be thoroughly checked out. Explain your
wealth. Why do you still have a dollar account that no government department can look into without your written permission. Juan
Ponce Enrile said of the banking organization that told the Philippines you must implement these banking laws to remain a member. He said who are they to tell the
Philippines how to run our banks. Get rid of that corrupt man 1st.
Name: Kubrador City/State/Country: Thorsby, Canada IP
Five years ago, I was organizing a reunion for our clan in Cabanatuan city, N.E. I went to see my first cousin but my attention was diverted to his son who at 32 years of age was driving a BMW and a Range Rover. I learned he was in the business of dealing with dressed chicken. I then told my nephew to my sister to befriend his cousin so he would not know the tricks of his trade. Two years had gone by and found out in FB that he had a house blessing of their new house worth Php50,000,000. When I came back to the Philippines that year, I was somewhat proud of him but still skeptical of how fast he was able to accumulate that kind of wealth. A story was told to me that his property was raided by 4 helicopters
which landed in his property.
Name: kubrador City/State/Country: Thorsby, Canada IP
The Police left without my nephew with them.
What do you think happened? I think everyone of them were bribed in the millions of pesos. I learned that he had a laboratory at the basement floor of his house making shabu and cocaine. The drugs were stuffed inside the dressed chickens.
Philippine NewsLink reserves the right to select and edit
comments for publication.
The primary purpose of Catholic schools in the Philippines is not really to educate but to indoctrinate. The reason they exist is to insure that the power and influence the Church wields is carried forward onto succeeding generations. That is the raison d'être for every school, college and university run by Catholic clergy all across the country.
In the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) the most powerful storm ever to hit land, the global outpouring of aid is just so overwhelming. We Filipinos never realized we had so many friends all over the world. There doesn’t seem to be a country that has not offered to help.
SPECIAL EDITORIAL: Put a sock in it Anderson Cooper
The nerve of some foreign journalists who fly over here and complain about relief efforts moving too slow!Filipina track legend Mona Sulaiman practicing for the 1964 Olympics Don’t they know that these tropical islands are renowned the world over for their leisurely pace of life? Not since Mona Sulaiman won three gold medals at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta has any Pinoy (or Pinay) ever moved so quickly.
Super Typhoon Yolanda, Should Be a Wakeup Call to All Filipinos
There once was a time when most Filipinos thought they were God’s “chosen people” in Southeast Asia. Filipinos were the pious Catholics surrounded by a sea of pagans. When in 2004 a tsunami killed hundreds of thousands in neighboring Asian countries but spared the Philippines, many said it was yet one more proof that God was looking after His people. Well, what a difference 9 years makes because judging from the natural calamities now besetting the country one after another.
Get Rid of All Pork Barrel Funds for Senators, Congressmen, and the President
Philippine Senators and Congressmen have no business running their own little “charities” on the side. Legislators are elected into office to legislate, not hand out checks to non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Janet Lim-Napoles/Malampaya Fund scandal has made it apparent in that many legislators did not practice due diligence in disbursing the people’s money allotted to them through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
The Philippines, a Rotting Culture of Graft and Corruption
As it exists today, the Philippines can never become a great nation…at least not in our lifetime. Why? The answer is because from an outsider’s perspective, we are a nation of liars and thieves. Or if that sounds too harsh, we are a nation made up mostly of liars and thieves and a small minority of non-liars and non-thieves who prefer to look the other way or bury their heads in the sand.