Law-abiding Filipinos are getting sick of law-breaking Filipinos

Some of us Get Real Post writers are often criticised about the way we generalise Filipinos. Indeed, to be fair, there are hundreds of articles here that explore from every angle and at every level of depth, the country’s renowned collective criminality, its petty anti-intellectual political discourse, the routine mediocrity of Filipinos’ undertakings, and the lack of imagination and originality that characterise Philippine arts.

Badly-behaved Filipino police officers undermine the credibility of the entire force.Source: Photo tweeted by @InquirerDotNet.
Badly-behaved Filipino police officers undermine the credibility of the entire force.
Source: Photo tweeted by @InquirerDotNet.
It is quite understandable, then, that some Filipinos take exception to these generalisations. Huwag niyo naman nilalahat. Don’t make it look like all Filipinos are crooks, stupid, unmotivated, or suffer from bad taste, those who beg to differ say. All true, of course. Certainly, not all Filipinos fit the archetype painted by the generalisations any more than the notions that all Japanese are industrious or that all Germans are engineering geniuses, or that all French or Italian people are fashionable.

It is true that some Filipinos are honest and law abiding, apply an intelligent mind to solving problems and making sense of the world, aspire to excellence and greatness, and exhibit inspired groundbreaking artistry. The question is, where are these exceptional Filipinos? Why are they not more representative of Philippine society as a whole? Why is it that it is the most dysfunctional elements of our society that come to symbolise the character of our nation?

The best start to a journey towards answering these hard questions is to regard the problem of rampant crime in Philippine society. As a democracy, there is a system in place that provides hard measures around what traits are most valued by ordinary people — elections. Filipino politicians are all elected to office by popular vote. As such, one only needs to look at a good cross section of the sorts of characters that make up their Executive and Legislative branches to get a good feel of the Filipino character. The numbers say it all. The exact degree to which criminality is represented in the Philippines’ elected public offices is measurable.

Suffice to say, enough has been observed and written about the character of Filipino politicians in power to make this straightforward conclusion:

In the Philippines, dishonesty wins.

We need look no further beyond Congress, which has been described as the biggest crime syndicate in the country, than the first-class way with which the Philippines’ prison system pampers the worst of Filipino criminals. Or the way even the most unfortunate of their lot, victims of terrible calamities, are stolen blind by the very people entrusted to help them.

Small surprise that small and exceedingly rare acts of honesty performed by Filipinos often make big headline news. To be honest in the Philippines is to be off character.

Filipino politicians mirror the character of their constituents.
Filipino politicians mirror the character of their constituents.
What happened to all the honest Filipinos, then? Where are they? Why did they simply stand back and allow dishonesty to march up and claim the top spot in the Philippines’ food chain?

Well, apart from honest Filipinos being vastly outnumbered, perhaps it is also because being honest takes a lot of hard work and a lot of brains. To be able to explain the fundamental principles that are the foundation of an honest and just society takes a lot of skill and patience. For example, whenever there are elections, take (1) the approach traditionally taken to spinning a politician into a winnable candidate and compare it with (2) the ideal way, that of pitching that candidate’s ideas and the way he organises these into a coherent platform.

Which of the two is harder?

Nature always follows a crooked path. Natural waterways like rivers and streams, for example, are never straight as they curve in and out of natural landscapes. On the other hand, man-made engineered waterways like canals, aqueducts, and pipes follow logical patterns often made up of straight stretches.

The fortunes of Filipinos behave much the same way as water flowing through a natural landscape. If we continue to allow Filipinos’ natural traditional character to dictate how these fortunes flow, these will follow a crooked path. Only when we find a way to engineer and build the right social structures to modify the Filipino character to allow for straighter paths to be built, will the possibility of a brighter future be within our country’s reach.

Honest Filipinos should lead the way to build the foundation for that hoped-for brighter future, not the crooked people the majority routinely choose to govern them. Law-abiding Filipinos need to be better-represented not just in government but in the broader challenge of shaping the world’s perception of our society’s collective character.


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“What happened to all the honest Filipinos, then?” … They moved to the US.


You guys really need to change your method of blogging
It’s simple criticising.

You should add a guide line for people to follow and examples of Filipinos doing good to inspire people to do the same

Continuing the way you’ve been doing and you’re going to turn into that raving madman crying about doomsday
Pretty much ignored as an irritant

You cannot preach about being against anti intellectuals while not taking the intelligent path yourself

“Which of the two is harder?” For Filipinos, the right thing to do is always harder. Where the good of this country is concern, pang-ilan kaya iyon or is it even one of the Filipinos top priorities? The fact that “little problems” are not taken seriously (such as dirty surroundings/improper waste disposal) explains why everything else seems to be growing and aren’t suppressible. If one can’t be accountable for small things, more so on bigger things. I think the secret of the law-abiding Filipinos is not merely being honest but also not being stupid and at best using their common… Read more »

They’re all dead.

Andres Bonifacio, Jesse Robredo, Ramon Magsaysay (to an extent) …

Let’s face it, honesty in the Philippines can be LETHAL.

“Some of us Get Real Post writers are often criticised about the way we generalise Filipinos.” Tang inang mga sensitive na balat sibuyas yan. Kaya nga tinawag na generalise dahil understood sa salitang yun ang root word na “general” o “karamihan.” Ibig sabihin kung hindi naman sila guilty at kasama sa ginagawa ng “karamihan” di sila ngangawa. Anggaling kasi ng mga Pilipino ipagtanggol ang lahi niya pero pag ibang lahi ang nagkakamali, nilalahat nila. Tulad na lang kay Pemberton at Chinese military people sa Sabah, sasabihin ng pinoy lahat ng amerikano mamamatay tao. Lahat ng chinese mang-aagaw ng lupa. New… Read more »

Another good one there Benign0!

One of the biggest problems in the Philippines is APATHY. Even the good and honest people simply don’t care enough to do something about it. And even when they do, they are often denied support by institutions who are supposed to be working for the betterment of this country.

It’s all very sad…


It is a commentary on what is there. What is there is moronic. Reality is a reflection of the community’s values . Which is tragically ABS CBN and the MMFF. Not exactly a breeding ground for MENSA. The culture is dumb and the fools that keep it all going could care less. Those same fools hate GRP because of Colonel Jessup’s immortal words.

Frank N Stein
Why is it that everyone seems to think that Filipino’s are measured by the people that are elected to political office? Everyone knows the elections are rigged and the politicians are all crooks.So it is not by these people that Filipino’s are necessarily measured,it is not. Any visitor that enters the Republic of the Philippines in Manila doesn’t make it to the front of NAIA without being set upon by at least 5 different thieving Taxi-cab drivers all charging a different price to go to the same place,they just don’t. To assume that people are not capable of judging the… Read more »
triple r

It’s simple the law abiding Filipinos have day jobs and it costs too much for the good guys to run for public office.

Now will the members of the biggest criminal syndicate ever pass a law to make it financially and procedurally easier to run for public office thereby facilitating more pluralistic representation? Short answer no.

So what to do in a situation where going through legal methods will not solve the situation?


this is a good article..
law abiding Filipinos are around, theyre just busy surviving this country that is spiraling down the drain…
eventually some law abiding citizens turn to the darkside because one cannoy progress in thos country without breaking a rule here and there, late for work? jaywalk…
feeling entitled? jump ahead, jump the queue…cannot be bothered to dispose of thrash? throw it out the house…
need to pee with no toilet around? oh look! there’s a corner…

this is what pinoys call “diskarte”… damn mindset

this happens because pinoys in general have a skewed sense of entitlement, self importance and delusions of grandeur

Hyden Toro er9

Some of the “honest Filipinos” are blogging in the : Get Real Philippines Website. They are pointing the dysfunction of our society.

Others, got out of the country; became immigrants in other countries; or OFWs. They cannot stand, what these Dishonest Politicians, are doing to their country.

Others remain, as the “Silent Majority”. They watch in dismay…

These Political Leaders think that all Filipinos are gullible. So, they act , as if they are the “Messiahs” for change…


At home, from an early age, Filipinos are taught not to disagree with their elders even if they are wrong. The education system discourages open and free thinking, especially if it contradicts the teacher. The’group mentality’ of Filipinos means that you often keep quiet if your thoughts contradict that of the majority, so as to not upset the harmony.

People aren’t comfortable to speak out as it breaks the cultural norms.

..Honesty is the most important character trait of a person. It has something to do with integrity, or the totality of a man (and woman). Dishonesty, in whatever form, chips away whatever character there is in a man, and in severe form, could mean the practical disintegration of a man — he would lose respect of himself and thus, would have an anti-social view of society. Integrity has something to do with values, responsibility, priorities, mentality, and attitude. If we look at some of the most common quirks in a Filipino, we see why honesty is immediately compromised. (a) Filipino… Read more »

In the Failippines, sometimes doing the right thing isn’t doing the right thing.

Hyden Toro 07uj


Don’t put words on my mouth. Whatever, you understanding and assumption are, depend on your comprehension. If what you can understand is what you can understand. Then, so be it. I wrote what I wrote…people differs in their understanding…

Colin King

As long as filipinos accept money for votes, you will always have corrupt officials and government. Reject their money and they lose their power over you.


Mga Pilipino, puro defensive. When trying to counter criticisms, however truthful, they truly make a FOOL of themselves.


Who accepts their own mistake? Most of the time when we’re on a debate or fight and we know we’re on the wrong side,aren’t so hard to concede even if you really know deep inside you that your the one unreasonable. Same in the government, no one stood up and took responsibility in every controversies their involved with. Every one is perfect there. And also, your honesty has a price now. “Tell the truth and your dead!”