In recent years, I am hearing some rumblings in the Philippine society, and these are rumblings that I believe may bring about some changes in the Country.
A lot of Filipinos seem to be getting very tired of corruption in the Government, and in society in general. I generally see and hear these rumblings among two specific groups of Filipinos:
- Filipinos who still live in the Philippines: Generally, this group has given up, and they want to get out of the country to avoid this corruption, basically putting it behind them.
- Filipinos who already live overseas: This group is often thinking of moving back to the Philippines, but they are concerned about the corruption here, and it makes them reluctant to return.
Just the other day, I saw a letter to the Editor in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. This letter was from a Filipino who is living in the USA, yet dreaming of retiring in the Philippines. He is hesitant because of the problem of corruption in the country. Can you imagine feeling reluctant to return home, due to corruption? It would, it seems to me, make you feel like a refugee who cannot go home. I feel badly for these people.
With so many people becoming so concerned about this that they might bond together, stand up and do something to change the way things work here? I feel that we might we headed in that direction. I will say this, though, Filipinos in general are very accepting of things. They are willing to accept things (good and bad), and if the things they are accepting of are bad, they don’t complain much. Because of this, I believe that change will not really happen until this Filipinos who have been living overseas take some action. These Filipinos who have spent time in other countries, and have come to the point where they don’t blindly accept things that are not as they should be, will be the first to bring their countrymen together and start making changes.
Let me just add this – I know that corruption happens in every country. It is rampant in the Philippines, though, and that is what I am writing about.