15 May 2001
The articles written on this website could apply to any backwater 3rd world country on Earth. Replace Philippines/Filipino with India/Indian or Brazil/Brazilian and I'm sure you could accurately describe another country. Although I concur that the Philippines does have its problems and that is why I am in the United States and its kin, but rather than offering real solutions, you offer nothing.
13 May 2001
How has the departure of the Americans from Clark Air Base, Subic Naval Base, etc, affected the Philippine economy? Has the Philippines been able to make up for the 50 billion pesos per year that it received for almost nothing? Make no mistake, those bases were worth 50B a year. As a result of the last base negotiations in 1987, the rental for the bases topped 965 million dollars per year. Add to that, the salaries paid to filipino workers, and 20,000 US military members spending off base, it easily adds up to 50 billion pesos a year.
Has the developements at Clark and Subic been able to make up for that 50 billion peso shortfall?
11 May 2001
Biting socio-political commentary. I was hurt, and I was offended by your articles -- because what I read was the truth.
Keep up the great work.
- a stupid Makati boy :)
10 May 2001
Re: Proposed Jury System in the Philippines
I don't know how well this would work in the Philippine environment. As much as I'd like to see it implemented, I doubt if it would succeed. Philippine society is very tribal. Any affiliation with a defendant or plaintiff would already bias a juror towards their affiliate regardless of that person's guilt or innocence. The cultural differences between US society and Philippine society are too great to make such a jury system workable in the Philippine setting.
If this opinion was written by a Fil-Am lawyer who has not lived and worked in the Philippines, then I'm even more convinced that further thought needs to be given to the idea. (FYI, I am a Fil-Am who's spent the last 5 years living and working in the Philippines.) Too many Western ideas (like democracy) when implemented in Asian society may actually cause more harm than good.
Thought: In the United States, people elect the people who will serve them. In the Philippines, people elect the people whom they will serve.
In the United States, people uphold and maintain allegiance to the law. In Asia, people uphold and maintain allegiance to the tribe.
Would like to talk to you further about your ideas. Great site! Wishing you the best of luck. I'm sure we're all hoping for a better future for the Philippines in the years ahead.
10 May 2001
I'm one of those Filipinos who immigrated to the US and is living "happily" here for the past 20 years. I've only been back to the Philippines once for vacation after 16 years of being here. When I was there, I was sad to tell my best friend that I don't see myself going back and living in the Philippines anymore. I couldn't even begin tell him all my reasons why. But now I've found your site. I've been reading everything that was written and compiled in your site and I can't wait to forward it to all my Filipino friends and family. It says exactly what I feel about the "homeland" (language, economy, etc.). I can't wait to show this to my kids who are born here in the U.S. I want them to understand more why, even though I am proud to be Filipino, I still chose to live here in the States.
Thanks for putting this together.