Why Do Pinoys Hate Discipline So Much?

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Before I begin, I’d like to share a few of my experiences…

Mardi Gras

It was Mardi Gras in Olongapo and I was standing in line with some of my friends at the entrance. It was getting kinda late and I was getting sleepy. Unfortunately, I’m not really big on city-wide parties and I usually tag along on such events for the sake of camaraderie.

Anyway, while we were second to the last group, another group comes up and speaks to the guard and ticket-seller at the entrance.

“Let us in,” said the woman in charge of the group.

“Ma’am,” said the guard to the woman. “You’re gonna have to get in line like everyone else.”

“Don’t you know who I am?” said the woman. “I’m a personal friend of the mayor! I could have you fired for talking like that to me!”

The next thing I know, the woman was allowed inside with no consequences of any kind.

Public Dinner

My close friends and I were having dinner at a scenic spot in SBMA. We were having a good time drinking booze and eating pizza when another family came by to eat near us. They were okay and exchanged banter with one another while we kept to ourselves. However, they didn’t stay very long and left shortly afterward.

When my friends and I were leaving, we stuffed our garbage in a bag we brought with us and put it inside a dumpster a little further off from where we had our dinner. Then we saw the place where the family had been sitting at and were utterly shocked at the mess they left behind. Styrofoam containers lay open on their table with at least one of them lying on the ground with its noodles spilling out. Plastic bags lay scattered all around their table with some being blown away by the wind. Finally, a baby’s diaper lay on the ground, it’s contents visible for all to see.

Deciding we couldn’t just leave things as they were, we went to the trouble of picking up the trash on and around their table. As for the diaper, we used a stick to pick it up and hastily carried it over to the trash can. After we were sure that we had taken care of everything, we left.

Bachelor Party Pub Crawl

My friend was getting married so we decided that we do a pub crawl on the night before his wedding as our version of a “bachelor party”. While sitting outside an outlet of 7/11 in SBMA, we saw a father and son hurrying to somewhere on the other side of the street where there was a large hotel.

At first, I didn’t understand what was happening when the father faced the hotel in a standing position with his legs apart. Then I realized that he was actually urinating with his son, who was probably eight, watching him. When he was done, he got his son to do the same thing. When they seemed finished with their business, they left hastily.

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Truth be told, the three incidents mentioned above are actually just a very few examples of the dysfunctional behavior in just about every Filipino. It’s almost like just a few tiny drops of water in an endless ocean of dysfunction and stupidity. These days, it’s almost commonplace to see people who like to cut in line, litter everywhere like there’s no tomorrow and urinate in public places like it’s nobody’s business. Worse yet, when people like these are called out, they get angry and act as if they are the victims in the situation whose rights are being violated by the authorities.

What’s really sad is that a lot of Filipinos like to clamor for “change” and “discipline” even though not many want to make an effort to change and discipline themselves. Instead they go on and on like an out-of-control fire alarm shouting things they can barely even understand. And then, when things don’t go their way, when the changes require them to give up some of their enjoyable but clearly destructive habits, they cry bloody murder. This is one of the reasons the Philippines has always been locked in a state of mediocrity and a cycle of self-destruction.

More often than not, the cause of this cultural stagnation is none other than our “Pinoy Pride”. Yes, that hollow arrogance that festers in the hearts of every Filipino. This is the part of us that champions self-entitlement and the uncontrollable urge to show off even when one has so very little to offer. Thing is, why should one change after all when the current status quo has a lot of benefits to be had? Why should one discipline oneself when wanton and possibly illegal activities are so enjoyable? Our “Pinoy Pride” insinuates that we deserve special treatment (even when we clearly don’t) and laws in our country are simply “optional” and not “mandatory”.

Growing up, I couldn’t help but notice so many people who champion dysfunction over right and proper procedure and attitude. For many of the people I’ve met over the years, committing a crime isn’t as wrong as being caught. Yep, that’s right. For some, it isn’t cheating isn’t really wrong as just about everyone does it anyway. What’s wrong for these people is getting caught while cheating.

So you see ladies and gentlemen, it doesn’t really matter who wins the coming election. No matter who wins, if we the common people still can’t change ourselves for the better, to put aside our petty issues and selfishness for the greater good, then we still lose as a nation. If we continue to shun discipline, then we might as well throw in the towel now because nothing will ever change for the common Filipino. Unless we accept that we too fall under the purview of our country’s laws and rules and make necessary changes to our lives, then the Philippines will remain dysfunctional and dystopian for countless decades to come.

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57 Comments on “Why Do Pinoys Hate Discipline So Much?”

  1. I am renting a separate room in one villa here in my work place and we are all Filipinos living inside. There’s a message posted by our landlord on the door gate “Keep the door closed”. One time, upon entering the villa, the door gate is slightly agape, after I entered, I closed it. One lady approach me and said “Kuya bakit mo isinara ang pintuan?” Then I replied “May instruction kasi na dapat laging nakasara ito”. The lady looks at me frowning, uttered “Ang arte mo Kuya nandyan kasi sa labas yung isa naming kasama may binili lang”. I was staggered on what she said to me. Some people seems to be offended by following the simple instruction. This makes me wonder, sila na nga ang may mali, sila pa ang galit.

      1. I’m not good at translations but here’s a rough one:

        “Kuya bakit mo isinara ang pintuan?”
        Why did you close the door?

        “May instruction kasi na dapat laging nakasara ito”
        There’s an instruction there that says the door must always be closed.

        “Ang arte mo Kuya nandyan kasi sa labas yung isa naming kasama may binili lang”
        You’re insane, one of my friends just went outside buying something.

  2. I think one major reason Pinoys deliberately flout the rules is that so many of the country’s rules and regulations are (or historically have been) nonsensical or plainly designed to cause harm. They therefore assume that any imposition of authority is not for their own good (as it is in functioning countries) but simply to beat them down. And a lot of the time, they’re absolutely right.

    Unfortunately, Pinoys are now firmly convinced that laws and rules have no other purpose except to screw them over. So they couldn’t invent (or enforce) a proper legal code, or functioning bylaws, even if they wanted to. The entire purpose of a legal code is lost on them.

    All that happens is what we see today: endless stupid rules stacked on top of more stupid rules, none of which are ever enforced. The whole lot wants throwing away, and rewriting again, preferably with a responsible adult from, say, Denmark to make sure the new rules make some sense.

    1. Hi marius. I think you made good points. But let me add my input to that.

      This mentality should’ve ended generations ago. People of the modern age should already have the mind to tell apart which rules are nonsensical, and which keep us CIVILIZED. (Ugh, supposedly, I guess?)

      Don’t urinate in public/ inappropriate places. Don’t cut in line. Don’t litter. These are just some simple rules that draw the fine line between humans and… animals. But Pinoys believe that following these rules limits their freedom.

      Unfortunately, Pinoys are now firmly convinced that laws and rules have no other purpose except to screw them over.

      Couldn’t agree more! It would suck if this mindset is passed on to the next generation. Rather than progressing, Pinoys will regress to a much less functioning state. Ladies and gentlemen, The Devolution of Humans.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. (:

    2. This is the most rational things I’ve read here, the article included. I don’t know if the author just hasn’t travelled as much, or if he is just a victim of his current frustrations, but I think it’s irresponsible to write articles like this without examining the overall cultural context.

      The author writes as if this behavior is exclusive to Filipinos, when it isn’t. Even in the US, two weeks ago, when I was there, a guy (Caucasian) was peeing against a wall on the shoulder of a highway. Also, I’ve never been to any country where I haven’t seen instances of people jumping lines. In Amsterdam, I’ve seen a people jump queues to the clubs (Caucasians).

      In Shanghai last September, I had to struggle against people jumping lines in the subway. Even in Tokyo in 2005, I had to find a way so that my place in the restaurant queue would be secure from other Japanese couples who wanted to get a number before me.

      In Singapore, you still have people being ticketed for spitting or littering, in spite of their stringent laws. I personally saw a bystander (not Filipino) throw a cigarette butt on the street in Duxxton Hill (yes, he got ticketed). In Hong Kong, while walking, there are still some people who spit freely on the streets, in spite of signage asking not to.

      What’s the point of this article? Letting out frustrations?

      The comment above puts it correctly: a lot of our laws and regulations here, even from colonial times were designed to put Filipinos at a disadvantage, and are not consistently applied. It’s not the whole fault of most Filipinos if they rely on their street smarts instead.

      But in general, I’ve lined up for business permits, transportation, registration (in school) food stalls, etc. here without incident for most of my life. This article’s generalization is not helpful for me. Then again, this is an opinion piece, so live and let live.

      Filipinos aren’t perfect, but we’re no worse than the rest of the world.

      Don’t believe me? Travel and actually go out to meet people in other countries. There are good and bad qualities in all citizens.

      1. Poster IS OBVIOUSLY A FILIPINO … one peeing-like-a-Filipino Caucasian does not make all Americans pee like a dog, I do not so is my brown Pinay GF.

        Philippines is one huge URINAL as long as there are no signs!!! I see in every other electrical posts and walls that has a sign: “HWAG IHI DITO DUUN”

        Philippines is also a garbage dump: “HUWAG TAPON BASURA DITO, DUUN”

        NAIA toilet reeks with urine. Ewwww !!!!

        GET REAL !!!

        1. More to the point, the STREETS around NAIA reek with urine. Ever walked from one terminal to another? Seems like incontinent Pinoys have it hanging out all the way along the route, spraying every lamppost they walk past.

          But yeah. Standard Proud Pinoy Response #8: we’re not unique! They do [insert common Pinoy dysfunction here] in other countries too!

          Yes, people in other countries steal, lie, cheat, abuse animals, kill each other, sit around doing nothing all day, dump their trash everywhere, and piss wherever the mood takes them. They’re variously referred to (by normal people) as criminals, trailer trash, losers, etc etc etc. They represent 5-10% of the population. In the Philippines, they’re 80% of the population.

  3. I agree with you on your points.
    You took all of the words out of mouth and added some of your own.

    I do think that some and just some of the littering is caused by lack of garbage cans in public. Urinating in front of a hotel is so brazen, lol. I can understand urinating while travelling on the road.
    People who think of themselves as “higher-placed” than others can also just die, we do not need such selfishness in our world. They should understand that the world is not about them but about coexistence with others.
    And people who cut lines are seriously infuriating especially at elevators and most especially if students do it. Just goes to show even at a young age, people feel entitled to go ahead of you.

    We do need to change. Self discipline starts with self awareness, if you are not the aware of your actions and its consequences then you wouldn’t enact the proper discipline to change your course.
    Sadly our “bahala na” attitudes supercedes self awareness in our society.
    Most peope just don’t care.
    Some people who are well-off, keep partying and hanging out with friends and never really minding how he can have an effect on making the world better since the world is already so good to him so who gives an f?
    Some people who aren’t exactly so poor but not middle class lack proper upbringing because the parents themselves lacked it. In the end they end up only caring of their own hides hence put themselves ahead of people if they subtlely can.

  4. What is the reason that the Filipinos are undisciplined people? I’d found this website that on why we, the Filipinos doesn’t have discipline:
    http://faq.ph/why-so-many-filipinos-lack-discipline/

    But the question now is will the Filipinos have a hope to become a disciplined people?

    Well the answer are if you’d read the link of the website that I’d shown it to you, these will be the opposite on how to discipline ourselves:

    1) Use democracy wisely and don’t just take it for granted as in we will use democracy to kill people, to rape women, to steal money, ignore the traffic lights, etc. But instead use your democratic power to combat poverty, to stop criminality in our country & to bring down bad politics in our country through awareness & vigilant move. And that is the REAL democracy.

    2) Educate to your family on how to use discipline and family values. Educate them on how they should become a better person and teach them on how to do the right act and keep away from the negative environment (e.g. drugs, crimes, greed, selfishness, etc.) Use both Christian & Confucian values as the tool of discipline ourselves.

    3) Our government should become a good role model to our country so that we will become a good role model as well. Instead of using padrino style politics, being a TRAPO politician & using greed, fame & pride, they should use political will, an open mind & modernized politics and use humility and love to our people and to our country so that we will become a good & disciplined Filipinos. Remember as what the old saying: Follow The Leader and it’s true. A good & competent politician = a good & competent people. A bad, arrogant & incompetent politician = a bad, arrogant & incompetent people.

    4) Revise our laws to make a tougher penalties & use political will to exercise it but these laws should be humane and not too brutal in that way the Filipino people will discipline themselves.

    5) Keep patience & always love to our beloved country.

    1. Only one thing that will discipline Pinoys: invasion.

      Not to worry, the place will be probably be run by China within ten years, and they’ll run it with an Iron Fist. They’ll treat Pinoys in the only way they understand: as naughty children who need a regula spanking. Pinoys will enjoy this very much. They love being punished and exploited, and the Chinese will bring a lot of that sort of thing to the table.

  5. That’s because “Discipline” prevents Failipinos from exercising their aristocratic/Colonial Mentality (hambog) attitude and and self-serving/Crab Mentality (kanya-kanya) way of life. Failipinos are just too ‘fucked up’ of a people to think as one nation; and would rather sell their own country, people, and souls to Satan if they stand to profit from the deal.

  6. Thevreason is how paretents educate their kids. But I can’t blamethe parents because they don’t know better.

    I am a German husband of a Filipina, so I have observed both ways of education.

    In Germany kids get every sunday a defined amount of pocket money. A 5 year old may get around 2 Euro (100 Pesos.) But it’s just enough to buy a 200g pack of candies or two scoops of ice cream. If the money is over: No more candies for the rest of the week. But if money is left the kid can use it as additional to the regular weekly payment in the following week.

    In Philippines the kids don’t get money like this. If Philippine kids want candies or ice cream they go to their mother and ask.

    What is the result: German kids learn to budget and save while Philippine kids learn to beg.

    Another example. It’s one hour before lunch and a kid appears in the kitchen to tell mother that he/she is hungry. A German mother would give her kid some warm words and encourage him/her to wait for lunch. A Philippine mother gives the kid 20 Pesos. The kid buys candies at the next sari-sari store and does not eat anymore at lunchtime because he/he is is already full.

    Result: German kids learn to discipline their eating habits while Philippine kids get fat and may get other problems due to unhealthy food.

    1. Out of curiosity, may I ask how do German parents usually deal with kids who would go into tantrum if the latter weren’t getting what they want.

        1. Can’t do that here. Kids here can go rebellious as hell. And in such rebellious state, can go irritating and might spark you to hit said kid, causing you to be seen as abusing the rights of the kid and putting you on the cell… Sad right? Discipline is out of the windows already even if you want to discipline your kids to grow in a right way.

    2. Stefan, I agree with you very much. Discipline starts with the family. Culture and education starts when you are young and molds an individual to the proper form. If you can’t discipline your kids when they are young, don’t expect a disciplined adult when they grow old. And it’s not a matter of social status either. I’ve seen poor families with very disciplined children and rich families’ kids behaving like animals.

  7. A lot of our problems stems from poverty and few employment oppurtunities we have, children are left to survive with yayas and grandparents who either spoils them or are trained to watch mindnumbing teleseryes, kids being reprimanded for putting things away or cleaning their mess because yayas are being paid to that.

  8. Another problem is that, it’s also the absurdity of rules in establishments that make Filipinos “undisciplined” (e.g. bringing food in the cinema that’s not popcorn, heavy bureaucratic nonsense/red tape that makes processes redundant).

    If Filipinos would at least use their heads better than just making rules that seem utterly stupid and unnecessary, maybe we’d manage this country better.

    1. Guilty about the popcorn, hehehe… but the foods being sold in moviehouse are freakin expensive so i opt to buy water an chips in supermarket.

      1. In the USA our movie theater popcorn/soda/snacks are wayyy more expensive (even with exchange rate taken into consideration) and somehow we follow the rule and is also enforced with security/staff to the people who try to sneak a subway in their purse or something.

        We just pay the price and accept the price gouging because that’s how businesses work and we are a nation focused on business processes and laws.

        As opposed to in Philippines where everyone is always trying to get around paying taxes or registering their companies or declaring everything thats really goin on or doing things the proper way even if it means having more problems in the future.

        Its all short sighted here. People literally sweep their houses with a broom and then open their doors and brush it into the street instead of throwing it in a trash can. They feel like as long as the house is clean right now, who cares about the public area. Someone else will clean that up later.

  9. “Sa ikauunlad ng Bayan. Disiplina ang kailangan…” this was a slogan in the Old Martial Law days of Marcos. I think Marcos was right.

    Filipinos have the subconscious thought of entitlement. They can break into lines, because they know whose who. They can leave their mess; because somebody will pick up for them. They can urinate anywhere; because, everybody else, is doing it.

    What I cannot understand is: if Filipinos are in foreign countries. They are as Docile as Sheeps, to follow the foreign countries laws.

    I have yet to see a Filipino, urinate anywhere here in America. He/She will be taken to court, for “indecent exposure”…for sure!!! We need discipline, but how can we get discipline, when the leaders, are themselves undisciplined..

    1. Unfortunately, this slogan was gone from the pages of history and instead, we are taught about how dreadful Martial Law was and how the rebellion against the Marcos government is good.

      Manipulation at it’s finest.

  10. Pinoy pride is dysfunctional while pinoy humility is the functional reasonable behavior among those growing silent yet beginning to be assertive.

    1. “Pinoy Humility” is what I have been saying all along that we “Proud To Be A Filipino[s]” lack of, because we are a bunch of arrogant and selfish idiots; and it shows on just how fucked up the Philippines is.

  11. My own psychoanalysis: I would say belief that rules screw one could be brought about by local teachings about “colonial mentality.” There is the sentiment that foreigners are only there to screw you and the colonizers set rules only to take advantage of you. So that carried over to today, and Filipinos have this subconscious belief that rules are there to screw. It’s probably fueled by some myths about rules, like that one about the barong said to have been ordered by the Spanish on indios to reveal concealed weapons, but that proved to be untrue.

    But then I also believe the egoism of Filipinos is helped by commercialism, but Filipinos, helped by their tribal disunity, manifest the desire to assert class dominance over the other. Filipinos see no need to cooperate with one another, they would rather exclude others seen as threats to their own desires or security. Basically, stuck at survival mode from day 1.

  12. I’m and everyday commuter, and it is annoyingly funny that jeepney drivers will insist to drop their paasengers to the proper loading unloading zone as if they absolutely follow the rules, but when collecting passengers anything goes. And those passengers who feels entitled that they should be drop wherever they want, it was so annoying that i just make a laugh out of the situation or it will kill me with stress.

    1. I think the whole ‘laughing’ because things are so bad is one reason why nothing gets done here. Everyone is so patient with all the bullshit. No one is standing up and putting themselves on the line, making a sacrifice of themselves for their nation.

      Also, I have never seen a jeepney driver stop properly anywhere and I ride my bike all over the city every day for the last 8 years. I always see them slamming on the breaks in the middle lane and people hopping out. I was in a bus once that killed a woman who was stepping out of a jepney that had suddenly stopped in Calamba, Laguna. We were stuck inside for almost an hour fully able to see the dead body the whole time becuase of the damage to the door, we could not exit.

      It was only because the jeep couldn’t pull off to the side and let the passenger off in the right place, he was in the 2nd lane to the left, so basically the passing lane.

  13. I do not agree with the first statement of the last paragraph of the article. It WILL MATTER if Duterte wins the election because he said that he cannot do it alone and need the discipline and help of the citizenry to institute the drastic changes needed by the country. And if it will take his iron hands to instill discipline to the people, so be it.

  14. Spot on, this article really hit the spot. It has always baffled me as to why I always here comments from Filipinos, usually negative ones whenever there is someone following a simple rule.

    I specifically remember when I was in a remittance center there was a lady in front of us arguing with the teller. Something about the id that she had then after a while she left shouting if I’m correct “Ang aarte ninyo! ”

    Now what I don’t understand is why would they even proud of displaying such attitude? It’s bizarre especially when it seems it’s normal to break any rule, it’s anarchy. I’m surprised to see that there’s still some form of order here. Which is breaking every rule in the book for like every single time then complain for the whole thing.

    And the cycle keeps rolling.

  15. Why is discipline important? Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire. Saying no to our impulses (even the ones that are not inherently sinful) puts us in control of our appetites rather than vice versa. It deposes our lust and permits truth, virtue, and integrity to rule our minds instead.

  16. I also do not completely agree with the article. Discipline comes from top down. Someone to enforce it while others follow. If the leader is crooked, expect the citizens to also be crooked. Same thing if a parent does not know how to discpline his children, then all efforts thereafter are forsaken. Therefore, the leader and his immediate followers should be straight and proper for all his subjects to follow. Filipinos need an iron hand leader for him to enforce proper discipline. If it requires deaths, then so be it. People criticize Duterte for openly willing to kill the bad people. So my question is this, how sure are you that those other presidentiables who abhor killing did not order any innocents executed?

  17. As much I love my country, I have to say that Filipinos are mostly hate discipline but not all. I actually love law, order, and discipline for I believe on it’s importance in our everyday life. Most Filipinos are usually

    stubborn as mules

    . Unless they’re afraid of you and know you mean business, they won’t even listen to you. If you ask me, I would pick a real dictator like Lee Kuan Yew or Ferdinand Marcos any day than the people who currently mess up our country. We do need a strong leaders like them to make significant changes in our country.

  18. I am just curious though… Why are most Filipinos following rules abroad a lot more than they do in the Philippines? Do they automatically decide to change once they step foot in another country? Or is it because rules and laws abroad are implemented accordingly?

    I know for sure there are a lot of A–h0—s abroad but the law doesn’t put up with anyone’s BS. It probably wouldn’t help if someone blurts out — “Do you know who I am?” when caught in a traffic violation. And I’m pretty sure some people have tried to do so. I believe Reese Witherspoon did it once and well, she was handcuffed.

    In a personal crisis, sure, you have to be the change you want to see. If you are not happy with your job, change it. If you are in an unhealthy relationship, leave it. If you are failing school, make extra effort to study and do better. But when you step out of your home and unto the city streets…you deserve a peaceful walk or drive to work. You want to be able to trust that the taxes you pay are put to good use and feel it and seet it. You want better health care or better education for a lot of poor families. And in that part, we need our government to be on our side. Work with us. Protect us. Help us make that change that we all are dying to see.

    1. Exactly Mon. I am a seafarer and i have been to many countries, deferent cultures and defferent rules But we follow them because it is well emplemented. Why cant it be done in our country if it has been done in others. It has been done in Davao and it has been Done in Maasin Leyte. We just need to clean our government system and emplement all the rules with fairness to all. No exemptions.

      I always believe that we can change. With those who are willing to accept change it will not b hard for them but to those who are unwilling they just need to be shown that change is a good thing.

      1. “I always believe that we can change. With those who are willing to accept change it will not b hard for them but to those who are unwilling they just need to be shown that change is a good thing.”

        “A man who is used to acting in one way never changes; he must come to ruin when the times, in changing, no longer are in harmony with his ways.”Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

  19. I think if people would soon realize that disobeying the law will do them more harm than good, will cause them a great deal of hassle, and that they could not bargain or pay themselves out of a certain violation, because this time the lawenforcers themselves are now much harder to bribe, and would themselves suffer serious consequences if they do accept or asks for a bribe, i think that would be a good start…it wont of course solve the problem overnight, but that should be a pretty good and fair starting point.

    Filipinos dont follow the law because there is no incentive to do so, or everyone else are not following so why should he. Also, he can always find a way to bribe or get himself out of the situation one way or the other. These circumstances simply do not exist for example in UAE. you violate, you pay. You cant bribe the police, you will have to pay the price.

    If we can thru strong leadership simulate a similar environment, then i think that is a good place to start.

    The idea of promoting self awareness about our lack of discipline is suntok sa buwan because its difficult to influence values thru govt or getreal forums given the economic and cultural conditions we have, it simply wont work. I still believe values and discipline can only be instilled at home. If family as d basic unit of society fails on this, then the govts only recourse is strong, consistent, unbreakable or incorruptible law enforcement…

    You give the police proper salaries, and suitably harsher punishments for their abuses and misdeeds.

    Lets start there and see where it goes. Hopefully and gradually, we give the govt the power to gradually change the culture of people and environment.

    1. “Lets start there and see where it goes. Hopefully and gradually, we give the govt the power to gradually change the culture of people and environment.”

      “It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.”
      ― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

  20. You only need to sit by the side of a busy road and watch the traffic for 30 mins and you will know everything there is to know about this country. Drivers are largely untrained, untested, unlicensed, undisciplined, inconsiderate and selfish, unaware of what is going on around them, they don’t look ahead, they are suicidally stupid with strong homicidal tendencies. The LTO are corrupt and incompetent as are the police. Anyone with any kind of family connection or power and/or authority will escape charges no matter the crime and no one takes responsibility for any of this and no one says sorry. Drivers are full of pride and arrogance even though they know almost nothing about the law and the bigger the vehicle the more their pride and arrogance grows. I can go and sit by the side of a busy road and in 30 mins I will see more acts of jaw droppingly stupid behaviour than I have seen in 40 years of driving in the UK and no one here gives a crap about it – Filipinos just don’t care about the lives of other Filipinos like I do but they squeal like stuck pigs when any Filipino is criticised – no wonder nothing changes here. When I try to sit the LTO down with local mayors and police chiefs they all say ‘why do you care, you are not a Filipino’ or ‘this is not your problem’ – this attitude betrays a world of contempt and stupidity – we are fellow human beings first and foremost but Pinoys have this ridiculous ‘us and them’ – Filipino First – racist – Pinoy Pride thin going on all the time but guess what…it does not work for you and it never will. Wake up!

  21. I love this post. Wish this was done a year ago so i could post this to the thread which i created in a filipino forum here in New Zealand.

    Funny how most of the members bashed me for insulting the “pilipino pride” slogan.

    Pinoys are fools for thinking they are great already.. Ask them why they are proud they’ll answer you with “coz I was born in philippines”.. Okay.. Anything else?? “Pacquioa is a great boxer”.

    As for me, the only thing I’m proud with is my adobo recipr

  22. Its a poorly written article who clearly lacks research.. the reason behind the said “dysfunctional behaviour” is rooted deep which the writer failed to recognize..

    1. @Heart: wonderful demonstration there of the Pinoy habit of writing semiliterate waffle with a selection of long words in it but no apparent meaning.

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