Are Filipinos really Oppressed?

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While ruminating on some other facets of Philippine dysfunction, I observe that Filipinos claim that they are an “oppressed” people.

The poor of the country for example say that they are oppressed by the rich. Some liberal or anti-Catholic or anti-religious groups would point to Carlos Celdran’s case as showing that they are being oppressed by the Catholic Church. There are those saying that China, Malaysia, and other countries (including the Illuminati and other supposed secret world agendas) are oppressing the Filipinos. Soon, it will turn out that everyone says they’re oppressed by everyone else in the Philippines.

Thing is, are Filipinos really oppressed?

I don’t think so.

I think Filipinos are imagining themselves as oppressed in order to get special treatment.

One of the funniest incidences of “oppression” is when a Filipino in Australia wanted a local woman to take down her car’s plate. The plate had the name “Kiki,” which was the local woman’s nickname. The Filipino complained about being “offended” by the name, because in Tagalog language, it means the women’s genitals. However, the complaint was denied (rightly, in my view), and even the local Filipino community discouraged the complainer. Needless to say, this was an out-of-place brow-raising by someone not in their element (In Tagalog, umaasta na wala sa lugar). Well, the Filipino in this scenario may not think of themselves as oppressed, but some might. Sorry, if you’re offended by a local being themselves in a peaceful manner, it’s not oppression at all. It’s more like opportunism.
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In another blog article, I wrote that Pinoy Pride initiatives rise out of the imaginary notion that Filipinos are under attack. But way I see it, they are just attacking themselves. Filipinos are the ones declaring themselves inferior, and then imagine someone else saying it, like a foreigner. Based on this schizophrenic fear of a delusional enemy, they embark on Filipino Pride programs to try and push up their image. But these programs may involve covering up or denying the mistakes of the Filipinos. Thus, they actually end up pulling themselves down further.

Sometimes, even the supposedly oppressed themselves become the oppressor. A Filipino nurse, Jonathan Aquino, was caught slapping an elderly Alzheimer’s patient in the US, and was promptly jailed for it. Now if this is your idea of an “oppressed” person, then you probably have a delusionary mental illness.

I recall being told in grade school about Filipinos being banned from a certain shop in Hong Kong. “Filipinos not allowed.” Surely, some will raise hell over this, calling it “racism” or “oppression.” But my teacher explained that most of those caught stealing from the shop were Filipinos! Thus, what will the shop owner conclude? That Filipinos are mostly thieves? Even if that is not the shop owner’s thought, he will just avoid the risk by banning Filipinos altogether.

Is this being oppressed or stupidity?

We have women’s groups like Gabriela in the party list slots in Congress upon the impression women are marginalized. I disagree. If women are marginalized, we would not have had two female presidents in this country. We also have a lot of female businessmen and leaders in the country. I heard that business and work opportunities for women in the Philippines are better these days. So how could they claim to be oppressed?

I agree with fellow blogger Paul Farol when he claims that the poor are no longer being marginalized. Instead, it is the middle class that is being marginalized, thanks to laws that take the hard-earned money of the middle class and give it to the lazy among the poor who disdain work and seek dole-outs. This can be seen in the policies of the RH Law and CCT, and more. Thus, the dysfunction of Philippine laziness is compounded rather than solved. Add to that the poor money-handling habits of Filipinos, whether here on home soil, or abroad.

Sometimes it pays to distinguish between claiming to be marginalized and asking for special favors. But perhaps the “marginalized” themselves are unable to know the difference — or pretend to not know.

Perhaps these days, with a democratic system being used in the country, we would expect Filipinos would apply it properly and take the right steps to bring themselves out of hardship. But, no. Filipinos are still in hardship… as if they embrace it. Of course, there is the natural hardship life brings. But Filipinos are actually inviting and keeping hardship on themselves with the choices they make.

Perhaps Filipinos are saying that they are oppressed in order to draw pity, and thus, waiting for someone to give them dole outs for it. This is the flaw called Sense of Entitlement, something that columnist Cito Beltran hammered to bits eloquently in his article titled Ours is not a Beautiful Mind. Indeed, the Filipino mind is not beautiful, because it is dominated by pride, envy, sense of entitlement and other terrible flaws that may very well be the true causes of our national ails.

I do notice in other countries is that some people who were historically oppressed still insist that they are oppressed. But the thing is, despite some remnants of discriminating thinking still present, it is accepted that they have better opportunities in recent times, so they should play their cards right. And if they don’t, they will only become like their oppressors. For example, in South Africa, Apartheid ended in 1991 and celebrated oppositionist Nelson Mandela became leader for a time, but it turned out that his government was riddled with corruption too.

But this is the Philippines. We have our own class of bigotry, which is called KSP.

Filipinos should drop the idea that they’re oppressed by others in the world. They’re not. They’re oppressing themselves with bad values, bad tradition, laziness, lack of thinking, sense of entitlement and other deadly faults. Thus, the country remains dysfunctional, as Dick Gordon described, and we won’t get out of being dysfunctional unless we learn to accept our own faults and work to improve ourselves.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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Andrew
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Am I oppressing Filipinos if I agree entirely with this article?

Come to think of it, I cannot own property, cannot own my own business, cannot acquire citizenship… is this to stop me oppressing the Filipinos or am I being oppressed? 😉

Johnny Saint
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Andrew,

Why can’t you apply for Philippine citizenship?

Andrew
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http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=206&Itemid=80

Hours of fun… there are (at least) two Catch-22’s there… 😉

Johnny Saint
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True — I’ll admit the requirements can be viewed as unnecessarily burdensome. You have to really, really, reeeally want to be Filipino to go through this.

Johnny Saint
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I mean…becoming a citizen paves the way for business ownership, property acquisition, etc. does it not?

mcalleyboy
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Andrew not only do you have no ownership rights to your home, property and business interests this includes me but you’re expected to give alms to the masses at each and every spot or place you do business with, visit at park your car and many Philippino people agree that you should give alms its your duty to help supplement those that get paid so badly after all you’re a greedy foreigner. Watched a true drama on TV last year a married Philippine lady with kids was moonligting on her husband doing the online porn and she met an American… Read more »
Andrew
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Walking $ sign…

Andrew
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ube.com/watch?v=ExWfh6sGyso

Andrew
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Gogs
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What was the name of the female singer who did a duet with Elton John? The song Don’t Go Breaking My Heart went to #1. Pinoys are always victims. They look at any international comedy show and get in law suit mode whenever a pinoy is mentioned. Look up BBC Harry on Paul Sept 26 2008. Pinoys wanted to take down the BBC , get the mayor of London involved. Just sheer hysteria over a comedy show. Pinoy can’t be stoic or secure so might as well be a victim.

david
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…that’s because pinoy don’t really have sense of humour…to appreciate real humour you need to be able to think and to have some empathy. What passes for humour in Philippines is almost slapstick..in your face…childish

Ici
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Yes…pinoys are insecure.

Oscar Moralde
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Filipinos are oppressed by our own Government. By corrupt public officials. Missing public funds nobody know where it went. There are 1.2 million overseas working abroad why? OFW are being mistreated or even killed overseas and our Government don’t do anything about it. When Foriegner say Domestic Helper it is already picture in their mind a Filipina, eventhough most of them are College Graduate, why? No job in the Philippines. The minimum wage in the Philippines is low compare to other country like Hong Kong or Singapore. Why is the big question.

Robert
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dont forget the church who are also opressing the people, togather with the goverment. There are about 10 million working overseas and all their tax money goes to another country while most of their money goes home to pay for relatives who then dont work. The inimum wage here is low due to the greed of the ones higher up who keep all the money, its same everywhere in the world but not at all to this extent.

david
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I’m an Australian with filipina wife. I have learned that while in Philippines I have no right to complain about anything..poor service, being ripped off…even my house being burgled…the pinoid response…”go back where you belong”..”this is not your place”.The police response to a neighour’s house being burgled….”our plate is empty sir”…”why are you here sir”….If any of this crap was applied to pinoid in my country you would hear the howls around the world from aggrieved pinoid. I have moved over the years from liking and sympathy for filipino to a dislike and mistrust…

Ici
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Thanks for a great article chinof…sometimes I find myself saying “and OA naman” at the way some Filipinos react when they feel their ‘pride’ is being trampled upon. Dante regarded pride as one of the seven deadly sins, and he might as well have had the pinoys (which I feel is still a separate breed from Filipinos) in mind. Geesh, even the recent Vatican conclave did not escape this distorted pinoy pride when I watched some pinoys being “disappointed” when the good cardinal tagle was not elected as pope. Can these pinoys just drop their regionalism and remember that we… Read more »
johndoenymous@gmail.com
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johndoenymous@gmail.com

If I remember the new Avatar’s words: “You’re oppressing yourself!”

Glenn
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VICTIMS BE CLEAR, YOU ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS!

Thomas Jefferson
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Is a communist coup oppression? More indigestion for the yellow trolls. From the Philippine Star:

http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2013/03/09/917439/coming-soon-perfect-political-storm

eachhisown
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Chinof’s article literally shows the kind of pathetically undisciplined majority of Filipinos are, and becoming even worse. “Perhaps Filipinos are saying that they are oppressed in order to draw pity, and thus, waiting for someone to give them dole outs for it.” Chinof hit the bull’s eye on this. Every time a Filipino does something, much more related to business, it’s impossible to be complete without any “hidden agenda”, and a wily one. I sincerely believe that when the late Marlon Brando made the comment “those wily Filipinos…” he said it based on personal experience. He stayed in the Philippines… Read more »
Jaime Veridune
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Let’s have a Kiki :p

http://youtu.be/eGCD4xb-Tr8

Seriously though, “kiki” is a sound with different meanings in different cultures. It could mean a girl (Australian), a penis(French), a vagina (Filipino), or a sassy party (US), sex (Spanish), or the name one calls for a pet (also French). Kiki is also a feminine given name in Swedish. Heck, there is this phenomenon called Bouba/kiki effect.

eachhisown
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This might be a very late comment and most of all a bit out of the context being discussed here. This is not a comment. However, please allow me to share my appeal to those contributing to this forum what we can contribute to the Philippines as a nation. I sincerely believe that most, if not all, who are sharing their views here have the capabilities and resources to help in disseminating to their neighbors, associates, friends and employees information that could be of great help. My appeal is, if we can help open the eyes of the majority of… Read more »
Niaw
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“If women are marginalized, we would not have had two female presidents in this country.” It is entirely possible for there to be female presidents and for marginalization to still exist. It’s not an either-or proposition. It could also be argued that we had two female presidents despite marginalization that occurs in other sectors in society. Just because you have not experienced it, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. To be fair, we do rank highly in the gender equality index. And while I do agree with your general sentiment and, being middle class myself, feel frustration due to the… Read more »
Kevin Velasco
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Transcend labels and identities (such as “Filipino”) to rise in liberation.

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phoenix
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YES! the Filipinos are truly oppressed…self oppressed that is… self imprisonment!… well most of us probably anyway…teaching something that is mind opening takes time…

anonymous
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whoa, whoa, perhaps you yourself do not know the meaning of oppression, from your writing style it’s apparent that your perspective on oppressed philippine society is one that can be found on college history books. my advice, please do your own practical research instead of drawing conclusions from other’s opinions and sources, that means going to pending demolition sites in the metro and interviewing unreasonably evicted residents on what it means to be “oppressed” i’m sure they’ll know more about it than you do. And as for pointing your fingers at women’s rights advocates, please do your research as well,… Read more »
george sibley
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of course The vast majority of rapes in the Philippines are by foreigners I suggest you do you research too. Women are oppressed in the Philippines but that is more from Latina culture and the antiquated culture that exists in the Philippines.

Michaelnino Taruc
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Let’s see, how can we not be oppressed? The North East Asian Nations (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) doesn’t even consider us Asians. A Chinese girl explained this to me. Seeing under Western Labels I’m Asian. Japanese came through called us Sub-Human during WWII. United States called us “The Niggers of Asia”. Spaniards came through and colonized and enslaved us for over 300 years. Damages of Colonization everyone wants to be or look paler by bleaching their skin. It’s so cool to say you’re half Spanish, meaning half white. Fuck this article. You know nothing about oppression. If you are White or… Read more »
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