The Philippines begs just like a scorpion stings. That’s just what the Philippines does. It begs. It begs for “foreign investment”. It begs for foreign “aid”. Begs for loans. Begs for military support. Begs for military equipment. Begs for International Criminal Court intervention. Begs for foreign employment. Begs for rice. Begs for tourists. Begs for vaccines. Begs for ayuda.
Beg. Beg. Beg.
Why does the Philippines beg? Because the Philippines is poor. How did it end up poor? Because this is how the Philippines operates:
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The Philippines habitually enters into commitments it is inherently incapable of honouring.
The above is the very definition of poverty. The Philippines is the definition of poverty.
It is a country that lacks any means of standing on its own two feet. It is proud of an “independence” it did not win in 1898 and is too proud to accept an independence the United States actually granted it in 1946.
The Philippines does not possess the capability to grow its own food nor distribute what little it grows efficiently. It does not possess the capability to develop and manufacture important medicines, does not possess sufficient means to dispense these and the essential health services to dispense these competently via an adequate public health infrastructure. Neither does the Philippines have the capability to nurture the intellectual growth of its people and, as a result, unleashes legions of unqualified voters into its “democracy” every year.
And yet, the country grew its population to the embarrassingly enormous size we behold today. It is a country of 110 million people and this population continues to grow at an alarming clip. But this is a country that cannot — nor seems collectively inclined — to defend its territory or feed or educate its people. It is a peacetime humanitarian disaster — a petridish where a virus that is a menace to all of humanity continues to replicate and, with each unchecked replication, is given the chance to mutate to ever more virulent strains. We’re not talking about the coronavirus though. We’re talking about an entire generation of Filipinos who would likely be raised on substandard public education, in ill health, and very likely be bearing their third child by the time they are 22.
The begging will continue. Money that could have been spent on infrastructure will likely be diverted to ayuda thanks to politicians both nurturing and preying on their constituents’ ever-inflating victim mentalities.
When will the Philippines stop begging?
Who knows, right? Habitually entering into commitments one is inherently incapable of honouring is a hard habit to break. The Philippines will only stop begging when it stops being poor and stops throwing money at initiatives that contribute to its poverty.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.