Class Warfare in the Philippines

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.

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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!

Post Author: Sugar (66 Posts)

A Filipino. Living and working in Manila. Has a soft spot for expats. Always have an opinion about anything and everything.


Comments

  1. ScottF says

    Sugar, I watched the video, and some other ones about this matter. I also had my wife watch and tell me what was being said by the reporters, and the attorneys. I know you bring this up as a class issue, which I am sure it is in the Philippines. Here in the U.S., I would have put a serious hurt on that man. But, I know that the officer was probably afraid that if he did something he would lose his job and be unable to support his family.

    I am happy to see that they will be filing a case against that man. he deserves to have a beating himself, but I would settle for him to lose his job, and for the officer to be awarded financial compensation.

    Some jail time would be really nice too, but I’m sure he could buy himself into a nice cell, with all the fine things he has in his life outside of jail.

    Coming from the public service field, this kind of thing really makes me angry. My question to you is, what would happen to me, and American, if I had stood up to the jerk hitting the officer? Could he have me thrown into jail? I would have loved to have been there to do something to stop that from happening.!!!

    • says

      Hi Scott – you said:

      Coming from the public service field, this kind of thing really makes me angry. My question to you is, what would happen to me, and American, if I had stood up to the jerk hitting the officer? Could he have me thrown into jail? I would have loved to have been there to do something to stop that from happening.!!!

      If/When you live here, you should be very careful about injecting yourself into a situation like this. People here feel that as a foreigner it is really none of your business. Injecting yourself into such a situation could result in any of the following:

      1. Nothing will happen.
      2. You will end up as the target of both men.
      3. You will be deported.
      4. You could be killed.

      • Bob says

        Sadly, right there is the problem at heart. Stepping in and stopping a wrong could go from physical assault on a police officer doing his job, to a helping stranger getting killed or murdered? We all need to learn and take directions from those few brave souls who step up to right the wrongs. Otherwise why even post these views? While in the Philippines I have stepped in when north Americans were clearly being abusive and taking advantage of a Filipino. I would do it again no matter country’s of origin labels. In that is the root of the class system! Maybe stop looking at countries and labels, and start learning about humanity? I will be standing beside you ScottF. Change begins when people stand up for people!

        • RandyL says

          I totally agree Bob. A wrong is a wrong is a wrong, no matter where one lives. I would feel guilty if I did not intervene and man-up with at least a minimum of moral support. I surely could find it easier to live with myself regardless of any one of the 3 outcome options M-Bob listed. Bahala na. It’s all about integrity and character, not just self preservation. That in itself would be selfish.

      • sugar says

        Yep, sure right, Mindanao Bob. The ex b/f when he stayed here, he was very impatient man and hated people driving silly, and traffic and he would get “fresh” or something and I’d always caution him.

    • sugar says

      Scott- From what I’ve heard/read the traffic enforcer did not do anything is because he was thinking of his children and was worried,what would happen if the guy had a gun start to shoot him. It happens you know…. it’s not uncommon. I get anxious and scared if there is heated argument especially involving traffic or road rage..after all, we have couple of (in)famous case of shooting involving affluent person due to traffic incidents.

      • RandyL says

        Sugar, in a scenario where there might be a weapon brandished against someone else, well that scenario would play out no differently than what you would see any larger western cities, especially in N. America. As far as your ex, well there is a difference between being an angry, obnoxious bully and being a respected citizen and a gentleman. You did good to get rid of him.

  2. Ricardo Sumilang says

    Sugar, I am not sure if this is a good example of class warfare, but the most significant thing I see here is not just the abusive action of one man who deserves to be punished to the hilt. Rather, it is the shockingly meek and passive reaction of an officer in uniform sworn to uphold the law and who is supposed to project an image of authority that may have emboldened the jerk to act the way he did. Had the officer acted more authoritative in both body language and demeanor from the get go, I doubt seriously if this would have happened. Bullies like this man look for signs of weakness on the part of their would-be victims. They attack almost on cue. The officer clearly needs to be re-trained.

    • Papa Duck says

      Ricardo,
      You couldn’t be more correct. I don’t know where he got his training from. To stand there and be intimidated by that man is unfathonable for a officer in uniform. Have a nice day.

      • Miss August says

        I can see why he didn’t fight back. There are two of them, and can you imagine how afraid he was? What would have happen if he try to assert himself? That man is such a bully and his brother is just standing there not even trying to restrain him. I heard that their father was in the car as well and didn’t do anything to stop his son.

    • sugar says

      Ricardo – maybe he’s not policeman in that sense of word ((they don’t carry guns, and I don’t think MMDA officer is even allowed to arrest a person) hence the reaction, not sure if that’s valid but again, my point to Scott, what if the guy had a gun, that’s what I think he feared most. Can’t blame the officer.

  3. AmericanLola says

    Many people believe that voting makes a fair and democratic government… It doesn’t. ‘Liberty and justice for all’ would be a better indication of that. If that bully has the right connections, nothing will happen to him except maybe losing his job (or a job transfer to a distant provencial office where his bullying will go un-protested). The rich and well connected get away with murder, literally, and a poor man, falsely accused, could spend years in prison. I think this country is moving slowly away from its feudal society roots… but there is much injustice that still goes unaddressed…

  4. wayne says

    Well said AmericanLola,the man in the uniform if he had been a captain this would never had happened or if it had not made it to the main media nothing would have happened to the bully.There in the PI the police can be the bully over the same thing.

  5. KANOY says

    This attitude is by far not confined to the Philippines….its universal dating back to B.C. lest we forget….the soldiers cast lots for Jesus expensive garment…was he too part of this ”class warfare”?

  6. Bob says

    Thank you for the article and bringing it to the worlds attention. Sigh, what an embarrassing and horrible thing to see. We grow up thinking that the playground bullies have left or gone somewhere else. Only to find that their Daddy helped them get a connected job with a Big Foreign company so that they can think they are VERY important. Money and greed breeds arrogance and contempt for our fellow man. I had a wealthy ex-friend, who was truly wealthy in monetary terms. I asked him one day, as we were relaxing beside his pool, what do you think the poor people are doing right now? His response was “I don’t really care”. I was shocked and taken aback by his answer. His true colours shone thru and I did not like what I saw. Sadly in many countries, even our own, their is a sense that those that have, have also power over us. To some extent they do. My friend, is now broke and is eating humble pie. Still I do not care to associate with him. I will choose spending time with my relatives who are poor farmers in the Philippines over him. My relatives are wealthy in love and kindness. I think this abuse and self indulgent man in the video could do with 20 years hard labour working for free in the fields of all those whom he has set upon and abused with his arrogance of station. Maybe then he will learn more than words and insincere apologies that I hear all to often. I hope he gets his just reward for once. Yes there is a class system at play. The haves and the have nots. The Philippines is no different from any other country, but at times this is just so much more “in your face”. Western culture has driven it slightly underground. But let’s not forget the last wall street fiasco that is still being paid for by the poorest of the poor around the world. Hey Filipino’s, why has rice gone up some drastically? Because Russian crime lords, south american drug cartels and wall street bankers are now hedging on rice futures and driving your cost up. Disgusting. Greedand station should be outlawed.

  7. Mark says

    I’m a little confused. Are MMDA traffic enforcers serving policemen, or are they more like traffic wardens? If this man is a serving policeman, he should have subdued Carabuena, handcuffed him & called for back up. This isn’t an example of class warfare, but merely an example of a public official not willing to uphold the law & do his job. It doesn’t matter if you are wealthy or connected, nobody is above the law.

    • Miss August says

      From what I understand, MMDA traffic enforcers are just that, they enforce traffic rules and they are not police officers. I have also read that most them are hired as contractual worker and makes minimum wage.

  8. Donna West says

    Interesting article. It hits “too close to home” for me. When my now ex-husband left me and our children 33 years ago, our family was flung out of the ranks of middle class to far below the poverty level by the standards of America. I can tell you first hand that poor people are discriminated against no matter where you live while the rich gain power and control or at least they believe money gives them the power to control. Money does not make the person. It is a matter of character, morals, and the ability to love. They cant buy any of those things with money. They only appear to look better in the eyes of the morally blind. The fact that they have to bully and degrade other people to make themselves look big goes to show that having all that money really does not make they happy.

    • sugar says

      Hi Donna – Thanks for sharing. Not everyone with money is bad though, sometimes also poor ones discriminate the other poor as well. Correct about moral standards and character.

  9. Jim Hannah says

    Interesting Sugar, to note that you referred to the MMDA officer as old? I thought he looked about forty or so, and certainly fit and young enough to beat the living daylights out of the obese animal in the pink if he had had the strength of character to do so. I think this looks like a case of someone submitting to intimidation, probably not wanting to further inflame the situation in case he lost his job, sad as that fact is. What struck me is that the person sitting inside the car videoing the incident could have got out and interjected; though perhaps wisely did not, because his video film will do much more damage.

    • sugar says

      Hey Jim, I think you’re right somehow that maybe he was thinking of his job and might lose it is he does something, it’s not his explanation though, it’s mostly about his children. But I guess if a man was provoked he will fight back..it’s reflex action, right?

  10. says

    Hi Sugar – I have to disagree with your tag ‘Class Warfare’ regarding this particular sorry affair. It’s my opinion this was just downright disrespect to another human being carrying out his duties as a civil servant. This is not an isolated incident I’m sure and happens on an hourly basis throughout the country with the victims being afraid to report the culprits for fear of reprisals from all sides. This incident because it was videoed has only served to highlight the disregard some people have for authority in general. Just maybe the underlying effect of corruption is now becoming more evident when some people within society now feel they can do as they wish to whoever they wish whether civil servant or ordinary member of the public. Unless these particular victims are protected by their superiors and the perpetrators punished accordingly then I’m afraid for the future of the country as the next stage is outright anarchy and total disregard for the law by all.
    Regards.
    Jim.

    • sugar says

      Hi Jim – Class warfare because… a rich guy versus a poor guy who happens to be traffic enforcer. In general the rich seems to always have the upper hand.. in everything…oh and I was thinking of another topic, actually but don’t know much..he he. sorry about that. You’re right about disrespect to another human being. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      • RandyL says

        Sugar, the answer to your first question about class warfare as you hear it in the American news and media. It has nothing to do with the rich and poor not liking each other, but is more of a political term to describe how politicians can and will divide and create tensions between members of different social classes for the power of the vote to further enhance their chances of their rise to power. It’s mind numbing to me.

  11. corjo says

    Oh I dont know is it not just one more fat angry guy.I will admit he is an idiot. But who has not wanted to smash an enforcer. I had a simular incident in which I parked left my car and returned to find a trafic enforcer demanding 50 peso fine. I refused to pay he called the police.The police man said you are a kano its only 50 peso just pay.I refused.He started to take notes asked for my id and I really enjoyed the look that came over his face when he saw it.I was so childish.He spoke to the enforcer who issued a receipt and then the policeman took P50 from his pocket and paid my fine. I was livid I was hopping up and down on the street like some demented Kangaroo. I felt so cheated.As there are not so many europeans in the area my crazy antics had been noticed and my wife called she took both the enforcer and the police officer by the arm and spoke quietly to them.50 peso was returned to the policeman and she asked me what is wrong. I blurted out there is no English parling notice see its in Tagalog and Waray Waray but not English.In truth I had just noticed that and there was no reason for my refusal to pay,as the situation developed I began to enjoy it more and more.I knew I was wrong but had decided I would win. The Enforcer Police officer and their famalies came to dinner.The city erected a third no parking notice in English and everytime I drive past it Im reminded of what an Idiot I am.In truth I was not violent just pigheaded and arogant but what man has not been taken by the red mist at some time.Its a moment of madness and not disrespect for the poor .You cannot judge this video in Isolation.

      • corjo says

        oh not at all.I got angry because I got angry.I only noticed that the notice was not in English afterwards. Bad foreigner maybee but I doubt that any Filipinos in my area would agree.I have over quarter of a centuary in development work in Philippines.While there in my spare time I undertake projects for my Barangay many are better off through my efforts.
        Its not that i am defending the abuse of public officials but what I am saying is that it is not correct to judge or hold a kangeroo court on the worth of a person based on a very limited you tube video.
        Everyone has a bad hair day and to make one fat angry man into class warfare is just plain wrong.

        • Ricardo Sumilang says

          The MMDA officer stands to make some serious money out of this incident. I understand he received a promotion at his job. Good for him, I saw on YouTube that someone has already started a donation fund on behalf of his family, of which he is the sole supporter of his six motherless school age daughters. He also appeared in a daytime TV show, dancing and mixing it up with the entertainers. And there’s still Phillip Morris to consider. This tobacco giant has a strong presence in a country with a large smoking population. As the employer of the disgraced Carabuena, Phillip Morris could ill-afford a possible public relations backlash by doing less than awarding a huge monetary compensation for the MMDA traffic enforcer who is seen by a very sympathetic Filipino public as a hero and martyr of some sort. My heart goes out to this man and his family. I wish them the very best, especially after seeing on YouTube the anguish on his daughters’ faces over the public humiliation of their father. However, sympathy aside, I have some reservations over MMDA’s decision to promote an officer whom I consider to have disgraced his profession by conducting himself unbecoming an officer in an incident recorded on tape, no less, regardless of reason.

    • Miss August says

      @Corjo: Your quote “…everytime I drive past it Im reminded of what an Idiot I am.” I’m glad you admitted that!

      And, yes WE can judge this video in isolation, that man is a bully and an asshole.

      • corjo says

        Of course I am an Idiot,Several times a day I do things that are bewildering to say the least. When I was young Im sure I remember allways being right but as the years wore on I became wrong more and more or perhaps I just started to admit not knowing everything.
        I often have to investigate harassment and bullying on my sites and one thing I have learned is that often there are no innocent partys and never jump to conclusions based on very limited evidence.
        Because the man is a manager and has a four wheel drive and is fat people naturaly dislike him.The enforcer is poor older and has many kids so we feel sympathy for him but it is a mistake to judge on sympathy and very limited video footage

        • Miss August says

          I judge him solely on his actions in the video it has nothing to do with him being fat and his job. He could have argued and yelled at the traffic enforcer minus the physical attacks. Attacking and abusing him physically is wrong!

          Do you mind if I ask why you refused to pay the P50.00 fine? I would think a no parking sign in any language would have the same picture/logo. Of course, I don’t know if the sign were you live, doesn’t have picture/logo, if it’s just words then it might have been confusing for you.

          • corjo says

            Oh im afraid I cant agree with you in some situations the use of physical force is needed.If I were wrongly stopped by a traffic enforcer I would stay in my car but attempt to drive off. Even if that means rolling over the Enforcer. Im surprised that Philip Morris dont put their people on a defensive driving course.
            On the 50 peso fine well as I said before I had not even noticed the signs untill afterwards.Just did not want to be messed with that day.The fact that the city did alter the signs afterwards means that I did have a point or perhaps they just did not want me to visit the mayors office.

          • corjo says

            Depends on the official and what he is doing.I have had to threaten a good number in many countries in my time.With 30 something years public service its one of my boasts that I have never accepted or paid a bribe in some cases this leaves me little option but to threaten.
            I would not really consider a Traffic warden to be an official especially in Manila where its an almost casual position. Because someone wears a uniform he will not always be in the right.
            Really before a judgement can be made the full facts have to be known

  12. Mark G. says

    The man is a bully plain and simple. He has probably always been a bully. He will probably always be a bully. The MMDA officer showed tremendous restraint. Was it out of fear or perhaps he’s experienced similar incidents in the past and realizes it can only lead to escalation? Either way he’s the bigger man for containing himself in the face of such a blowhard. Now the video will be his witness and the bully will get some kind of reprimand along with the public humiliation he deserves.

  13. George says

    Has it ever occurred to you people that the MMDA officer tried to extract a bribe out of the CEO and then wet himself when he knew who he was dealing with? There is no sound on that youtube clip so who knows what really happened. From what i have heard from sources, the MMDA officer proceeded to use unprovoked and abusive language towards the driver and that’s how it really started.

    This is just another example of crab mentality by the Filipinos. We’ve had Claire Danes, Alec Baldwin, Adam Corolla, that Jimmy guy and now this. Who’s next to be the source of death threats in Philippine cyberspace? Are the masas outraged because this CEO is rich and not reflective of the average Filipino?

    What if the roles were reversed? What if it had of been a taxi driver that tried to extort a higher fair off a foreigner or balikbayan and then in turn became abusive and threatening after being reminded of his status and is arrested as a result and punished? What if it was a poor villager that had stolen from a rich family and was accordingly punished for it? Where would the outrage lie? My guess is that the masas would revolt against the rich foreigner or balikbayan despite who is at fault. So no this is not a case of punishing a person for doing the wrong thing but most definetely an attack on an individual for their percieved wealth rather than the actual crime and thus is can be classified as class warfare

    • Jim Hannah says

      George:

      I take your point that we do not know how this situation arose, and that we should consider that perhaps the traffic officer played some part in angering his assailant. Nevertheless, what we actually see is unacceptable behaviour; common assault indeed. Even provoked, to retort with violence in this kind of situation is neither an acceptable nor effective way to resolve the issue.

      Recently, my wife and I had an incident relating to some duty free alcohol we had just purchased at a duty free outlet within the airport. The security officer was quite determined that it should not go through, and initially refused to call a superior officer. Quietly but forcefully insisting that we would not move until we saw a superior officer had the desired result, and our duty free was properly examined and allowed through as it should have been. I suspect that the original officer was hoping we would meekly put it in the bin, from where it could be shared out amongst her colleagues later. On the other hand, if it had developed into a shouting match, we would probably have been arrested, missed our flight and lost the $300 worth of alcohol too.

      There is almost always a way to deal with something more effectively by remaining calm.

    • Miss August says

      I don’t know what articles or websites said that the MMDA Traffic Enforcer was the one who started it by using foul language. Oh, could it be from the bully’s father himself? All articles, and witnesses who came forward said it was the bully, who came out the car and started assaulting the Traffic Enforcer. The original youtube video was shot by a TV5 employee who caught the whole thing on her camera.
      http://www.interaksyon.com/article/40526/tv5-ready-to-lend-mmda-uncut-video-showing-assault-on-traffic-enforcer

      No matter how you slice and dice it, that man is wrong! Also, he is not a CEO, he’s a Human Resource Manager for Philip Morris. An HR manager,I would not be surprise at all, if he is abusing his position with the company.

    • RandyL says

      Nonetheless George, the man assaulted him. If it happened as you hear it did, then the fat man should have simply taken the high ground and reported the enforcer to his superiors. Simple, humane, end of drama.

  14. PalawanBob says

    ONLY ANOTHER 4 YEARS LEFT BEFORE THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOUR WILL DISAPPEAR FOR GOOD.
    NO MORE MONEY!
    I KNOW MOST OF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME, BUT YOU WILL,… EARLY NEXT YEAR!

  15. Ricardo Sumilang says

    Corjo – There is no kangaroo court in the case of Carabuena. He could have taken the Fifth, if such a thing exists in the Philippines, but what did he do? He apologized in public, an acceptance of guilt. The smoking gun video notwithstanding, any good lawyer would have advised him not to make an apology, if he stood a chance in court.

    Meanwhile,

    The MMDA officer stands to make some serious money out of this incident. I understand he received a promotion at his job. Good for him, I saw on YouTube that someone has already started a donation fund on behalf of his family, of which he is the sole supporter of his six motherless school age daughters. He also appeared in a daytime TV show, dancing and mixing it up with the entertainers. And there’s still Phillip Morris to consider. This tobacco giant has a strong presence in a country with a large smoking population. As the employer of the disgraced Carabuena, Phillip Morris could ill-afford a possible public relations backlash by doing less than awarding a huge monetary compensation for the MMDA traffic enforcer who is seen by a very sympathetic Filipino public as a hero and martyr of some sort. My heart goes out to this man and his family. I wish them the very best, especially after seeing on YouTube the anguish on his daughters’ faces over the public humiliation of their father. However, sympathy aside, I have some reservations over MMDA’s decision to promote an officer whom I consider to have disgraced his profession by conducting himself unbecoming an officer in an incident recorded on tape, no less, regardless of reason.

  16. John Miele says

    Sugar: I think you got it right… Yeah, the whole story may be missing, however those who live in Metro Manila see how others act / drive around here. My gut says that the MMDA officer was just trying to do his job. This really looks more like road rage, but I see your point. I know the MMDA can be blamed for an awful lot, but they do try and struggle to bring at least a modicum of order to the normal traffic chaos here.

    There’s an old joke in the States: “What’s the difference between a BMW and a porcupine? On the BMW, the pricks are on the inside.”

    That type of mentality certainly seems to apply. Who always gets accused of using wang-wang because they are “too important” to sit in traffic with everyone else? How many times have you seen some jerk park an expensive car diagonally so that nobody dares scratch it? So, say the MMDA guy asked for a bribe… Does it justify getting beaten?

    I used to see the same thing in the UAE… Very wealthy arabs driving very expensive cars like maniacs… because they could. I remember when speed cameras went up there, and the highways people were perplexed as to why they did nothing to reduce speeds and traffic accidents. The answer: How painful is a $50 fine to someone receiving government subsidies of over $150,000 per year? Not very painful, so the fines were ignored. Who did the cameras slow down? The OFWs and other workers, but not those who caused the accidents.

    Same thing here…

    • sugar says

      Hi John. wow you know the ex bf used to ( probably still) drive the same. His fave car I think.. prick inside..he he. Anyway, Most men will resort to shouting match but to slap the MMDA enforcer is demeaning to the character and integrity of the traffic guy. There are times we’re exasperated with them but the act of that motorist is just pure disgusting.

  17. Ben says

    Sugar:
    Great article! Well written! Compelling! Attention grabber!

    I am an American, living in America. In my personal opinion, Class Warfare is real, very real. Although the many faces of Class Warfare may vary, still, it can be found in every area of the world, in every corner of the globe. My father always said, “The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.” He worked hard in underground coalmines, and later as a hired hand on the farms of the rich. His whole life, he earned small wages and never once received a bonus. The work he did eventually took down his health. He lived poor. He died poor. No one cared what happened to him or his family. Never once did he get invited to the rich man’s’ parties, luncheons, etc. From their point-of-view, his only importance was what he could do to make the rich wealthier.

    I’m now nearing 60 years of age, and I still see and feel the effects of Class Warfare. Many of the rich still trample on the poor. Their arrogance is echoed every time they open their mouths and shout their famous words, “If I did it, anyone can!”….which, incidentally, is one of the biggest lies ever uttered. They strut and brag. They show off their wealth. They prevent the poor from advancing by controlling the business markets. They push for over regulations that prevent most of the poor from being able to own even a one-man business. The ones that do pay taxes, they feel compelled to make the poor feel guilty. They like to brag about their success, but few ever mention that their wealth come from inheritance. They love low wages. Why? Because low wages puts more money in their pockets—and—there is always poor people who will (and have to) work for low wages.

    I could write more on this subject. But I will close here. I know there will be some who will attack me by saying that I am generalizing all the rich. But I’m not. My father and mother were victims of Class Warfare, as were their parents. My wife and I feel the sting of Class Warfare. I know what I am talking about.

    Thanks, for letting me post my comment.

    • sugar says

      Hi Ben.. thanks for sharing your thoughts I think the ones who are really rich and have money are hose who live the simplest and would gladly help others if need be.

    • George says

      Well that’s a stupid comment Ben and yours isn’t the only one i’ve responded to for what it’s worth. Maybe if you didn’t take on a mortgage too big, have too many kids and lived beyond your means you wouldn’t be bottom rung in society.
      Just remember that it is capitalism that provides you with a job where they really don’t have to. And would u care to provide facts regarding the market to be manipulated in favour against the poor man? I doubt you can and you’ve really made yourself look stupid shooting your mouth off about economic facts that you know nothing about

  18. Jon B says

    Sugar,

    What a big a**hole!! Unfortunately, I know some of the same people and I always let them know what I think of them whenever I get a chance or show my disdain and contempt at their bad behavior. I was used to be that way when I was much younger – yabang/arogante – but my parents made sure that kind of behavior stopped and they led by example. I can’t count the number of times my father would treat patients and not to take anything from them knowing they could not afford the type of care they needed. Can’t count the number of times my mother held our door open to people in the neighborhood who came knocking looking for a little help.

    • sugar says

      Hi Jon – There is nothing wrong with being rich and successful, having money,. It’s how that person’s character and attitude has been mold. Respect is the key word and the social standing maybe. Thanks, Jon.

  19. Digger Hill says

    About Mang Sonny’s passive behavior. As I read he was thinking of his 6 daughters that he alone, (deceased spouse) has to feed, educate and house on a meager 6000P a month. He is living on a razor’s edge–of course he was very cautious about doing anything to endanger his daily wage. He showed great (and admirable) restraint and was probably told not to apprehend violators or become violent by his training, job culture and MMDA policy. If it had been in America, yes, Carabuena would have been on the ground in handcuffs quickly. But, alas, we cannot judge unless we walk a mile….

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