If a person is rich he tends to be arrogant and if the person is poor, tendency is to be in a hapless situation.
I will be honest, although I know what class warfare is, I actually don’t know what it really means or why it is often mentioned by news and by political pundits and by politicians as well. US politicians that is.
I thought about class warfare not because I’m going to talk about politics (don’t worry I know that’s a no no here) but because of recent news event that happened. If you’re into social media and you watch the local news, you might have heard or seen the video of the rich tobacco firm executive berating, abusing and assaulting MMDA officer. The video went viral after the incident was caught by news team of TV5. I’m going to mention the name because everyone knows anyway. According to the news the rich Volvo driving executive is certain Mr. Robert Blair Carabuena who works for Philip Morris- now suspended by the firm.
The video is an example of how some of the rich treat and react to somebody lower than they are. What the video showed us is that if you have the money and power you can just do your own thing even by means of stepping on somebody’s dignity. To slap, to point fingers hit on head an aged MMDA enforcer is like a slap to poor Filipinos.
Here is old man working hard earning probably less than 10K to support 6 kids versus a rich old arrogant executive and the difference is so stark. The attitude and actions the rich is reverberating across social media. The poor old man assaulted, just stood there meekly and allowed himself to be shamed. He took the blows. That’s how it seems to be here in the Philippines. Class warfare, style? I mean the rich will always have the upper hand in whatever he does while the poor will continue to be poor unless given something that will uplift his living condition.
The difference between rich and the poor in the Philippines is that the rich always have the authority in the things they want to have, they need to have. Land is an example. Land owners are wealthy. Poor Filipino farmer are well.. poor! They are sometimes looked down as pest in the quest to get back their land as some would not like to part ways with piece of property/land that poor farmer thinks he owns. Meanwhile the rich will do anything just to get that land back.
I know it’s confusing example, probably doesn’t make sense but I hope you get what I mean. That class warfare here in the Philippines manifests in different ways and situations not just through one viral video of rich man who belittled the hapless MMDA enforcer.
Of course not all rich people do actions of stupidity but you can see how they will react to the poor. Granted that many also don’t like some of the actions that MMDA traffic enforcers display, is it right for someone with wealth and power to use his status to attain what he wants? Is it OK for the rich to flex his arrogance to scare off the poor? The answer of course is no. Just because the rich pay more taxes (if they do pay) is not and should never be an excuse to degrade lowly enforcer paid by the government whose job is to secure the flow of traffic.
Common decency and respect should apply to our everyday actions!
A Filipino. Living and working in Manila. Has a soft spot for expats. Always have an opinion about anything and everything.