Things not to like about The Philippines
Throughout my journals I give a fairly impartial view of most things, keeping my writing in tuned with my own journey rather than just “mouth off”.
However, I do feel that for anyone to develop, or any place to improve, one does need to air viewpoints from time to time. This is just that time. Sadly, I am writing this shortly after the taxi incident, so the list is getting longer. But, such is life!
5 Things not to like about the Philippines
(no particular order)
5. The Ferries: are not good in The Philippines
They are run recklessly with no regard for human life. Ferries in the Philippines have bad safety standards. Ferries are overcrowded,
unregulated and unmitigated death traps.
I can’t count how many times over my time here in the Philippines that I’ve seen headlines stating 100’s have died in a sinking. What’s worse is when those headlines are only side notes on a paper.
What’s perhaps even worse is that each and every time a sinking occurs, a Government official makes a statement saying they will do their best that this never happens again. 3 months later; and families are lost at sea once again. 10,000 pesos compensation is given out, maybe. Now wait 3 months and repeat.
Get your act together Philippines, and get this fixed now!
4. Things I don’t like about the Philippines – Mindanao, the conflict:
Internal wranglings, religious overtones, dynasty political stalling and international intervention. About one third of the Philippines (Mindanao) is one of the most beautiful parts of these islands. Yet, this dark shadow is always there. I don’t have the answer; only to say whatever is happening now, surely is not working.
Stop the violence and corruption. Other countries have dealt with similar issues, why can’t you? Make this a better place.
3. Things I don’t like about the Philippines -Mall Security:
Never in any country in the world that I have been have I seen such a pathetic excuse for a security system than mall security in the Philippines.
Scenario: men have to enter to the right, women to the left. A walk through metal detector will sound, but it means little. Then a man/or woman will pat you down. Not thoroughly of course, just a tap on your hips. Maybe a handheld metal detector will sound loudly, but don’t worry you never have to empty your pockets of grenades, pistols or knives.
We’re not finished yet though. You now need to proceed to a table and have a security person with a small wooden stick signal for you to open the top of your bag. Said security person will then, barely, poke the top contents of your bag with the stick before waving you on.
Again, not to worry all explosives under the top layer, or in any of your other compartments will not be seen.
- If you are a pregnant woman chances are you will not be patted down, so yes a pillow strapped to a stomach full of weapons or explosives and said person will have no problems getting through.
- I have yet to see a woman in a chador be touched, so yes, dress like a Muslim lady, and again no problems, it’s less hassle than wearing a pillow.
- If you are wearing combats none of your side pockets will be patted down, again perfect for hand guns or grenades.
- If you are man, and the security guard is gay, you will get a longer pat down should said guard feel it necessary.
Most of this is done by private security, but someone from the increasingly powerful Malls is obviously funding them. Security, prevention, no chance in hell. A blight on the intelligence of the Filipino nation, yes.
Mall security in the Philippines is the most idiotic thing I’ve seen here, period.
2. Things I don’t like about the Philippines – Environmental Destruction:
For such a beautiful nation, it’s spiralling down into a dark abyss it won’t be able to climb out of.
From the decaying, worm infested rice terraces to a lack of provision for natural disasters in the North. Protection of the dying Dugong in Palawan to the endangered Tarsiers in Bohol. To the rarest flower the Rafflesia and ethnic tribes in Mindanao.
Every now and again a fiesta or workshop will be held highlighting various causes. The way they are facilitated and presented in The Philippines is a waste of time. Earth Hour being an example. Turn off all the lights, then show up at a giant mall with all the lights on, loudspeakers blaring and claim you are learning about energy conservation …
There is grave cause for concern that in a bid to push into the modern world of high technology, fast food national mentality and creature comforts that The Philippines will lose the very things I feel makes it so very unique on the planet.
Stop eating junk food, and start protecting your environment
1. Things I don’t like about the Philippines – Political Dynasties
There are many, many corrupt countries in the world. And, to be fair, I’ve not come across much corruption in day to day life in The Philippines. But then again, I am not a Pinoy. They however, tell me – it’s terrible. And, at the highest level on down.
What I do see that disturbs me are the amount of political families around. The senator, his brother the governor, and the sister in law the mayor? How can this be? And the alternative? Another family of politicians. If one dies, another family member takes their place, or maybe a best friend. A prime example is again the troubles in Mindanao.
In my international view on politics there should be no other family member involved should one already be a member in government.
That’s my personal view, for anywhere in the world. The average Filipino shakes their head at the thought of the political dynasties here. Yet, at the same time jumps up & down in excitement if the said party holds a fiesta in their town.
Instead of hearing rumors to change the constitution to create more political offices, perhaps it would be better to create less?!
Bonus things I don’t like about The Philippines:
There is one other point that did not make the list, but I do think it warrants a mention.
The Philippines is developing into a fast-food nation. And, it’s starting to show.
In fact amongst the more affluent you can’t miss it. Heavy seriously overweight kids gorging themselves on burgers, soft drinks and fried chicken is becoming the norm. Take note of what happened in the USA, The Philippines, take note; and learn from others mistakes.
Mini list of things I don’t like in the Philippines (yes, I am on role)
– Cinemas/ Theaters are for watching films, not sleeping in all day, nor holding conference calls on your phones – turn them off.
– Try to walk in straight lines rather than in bumper car fashion!
– Realize that if there is a plague that affects rice, you are doomed. D I V E R S I F Y your diet!
– Your gay / transgender population is going to cause you a lot of problems in the future if you don’t stop being afraid to discipline them like you do everyone else. Being gay or transgender does not put you above the law, nor make you special.
– Just because someone is from the U.S.A. or Europe does not mean they know more than you! Confidence people!
– Ego seems to come to you with money (so does looking very fat), lose both. Having wealth in the form of a big car, money, clothes, or anything else like that does not make you better. It actually makes you look very ugly to everyone. Loose the ego!
And, that’s the list of 5 + things I don’t like about the Philippines:
I know this top 5 list of things not to like in The Philippines will upset a few people. I also know people will scan over it and take parts the wrong way. If you’ve been reading my journals then you’ll know better about what I think in regards to The Philippines.
However, like I said at the start, if you don’t say something that’s on your mind then nothing will ever come about.
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