The problem here is that Filipinos have gone past the point of no return. In other words, “you can’t get there from here”. You assume that the government wants a functioning, happy country. It does not. How do I know? Because it’s run by Filipinos, and Filipinos, mostly, want everyone else to be miserable.
History is instructive here. The US looked a lot like the Philippines in its early days – full of corruption and violence. To a certain extent it still is. The difference is this: smart people stayed. Good people stayed. And ultimately there were more smart and good people than stupid and bad people, who wanted things to get better. This isn’t true in the Philippines. Those businessmen and engineers you mention are a tiny minority, and the government is only interested in their tax revenue, not their potential for building the country.
Even IF you got a good government, you still have millions of people walking the streets who have no other goal except fighting, drinking, and making more stupid babies. You would have to literally put a third of the population in prison to restore social order, because those people are completely incapable of being normal human beings. They were raised like animals and will never be able to learn civilized behavour.[This is a GRP Featured Comment. Join the discussion!]
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