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Our rulers dupe our OFWs by calling them "heroes." Yes, our rulers have OFWs as their heroes because the OFWs serve their purposes: to earn dollars and send remittances to pay the odious foreign debt started by Marcos and perpetuated by his successors Cory Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Estrada, Gloria Arroyo and now, I think and believe will be unchanged by B. Aquino. So these rulers and their cohorts continue to steal government revenues and borrowed funds [foreign debts]; knowing that the humongous remittances from the blood, sweat and various humiliations of the OFWs make up for their thievery.
Only ignorant persons and lying economists will keep saying such misleading claim. Still our rulers and technocrats preach such lies and which kept our homeland one of the resource-rich but poor nations of the world. By unquestioningly joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) during the Ramos regime and ever since following/agreeing to its rules, our homeland and the native majority are in ever-deepening predicament. All these agreements were made for the native Filipino majority, who are kept in the dark like mushrooms [the darkness of illiteracy and ignorance], thanks to our rulers, government bureaucrats and westernized technocrats.
And very subtly and most importantly for these rulers, to provide a pressure relief to the social volcano (that is, preventing or delaying a revolution) lest it erupt, should there be so many unemployed or underemployed college graduates and professionals joining the perennially much ignored, if not violently suppressed, farmers, peasants, workers, etc. protesting in the streets. Thus, the native Filipino diaspora is promoted, rationalized, encouraged, and hailed by the members of the ruling class rather than acting for the common good to prevent the native diaspora (include brain drain).
As any concerned and thinking Filipino knows that -- our OFW caregivers, especially our women are discriminated against.-- just because they desperately emigrate from an underdeveloped and economically regressive country. Their foreign masters who behave with racism, based on the mindset of economic superiority (Middle Eastern Arabs, etc.) and/or presumptions of racial superiority according to where one stands in the color spectrum as in European Racism (Greeks, Australians, etc.);
Or in America, where Social Darwinism is covertly an accepted myth, colored people like us Filipino natives are not respected and are instead treated with much condescension, deceit, exploitation, with not much rights, with no bright future for themselves and (their families) in the countries they work, etc.; in short, our fellow native OFWs get slavish treatment in numerous instances.
Of course, this is not just true abroad, as even resident local foreigners, i.e. many local Chinese, recently arrived Koreans, etc. behave similarly against us Filipino natives, in OUR own homeland, and WE ALLOW THEM!!!
It is the fault of our rulers from Marcos time till today. They --the ruling elite in government, military and business, with their foreign partners-- all rule for their own selfish agenda and at the expense of the ignorant native Filipino citizens; illiterate thus ignorant native citizens because these rulers want it to remain that way for the native Filipino majority. The foreigners and foreign companies (transnationals) want it that way; so they can freely come in unopposed to further exploit our cheap labor and non-replenishable natural resources/patrimony, take total control of our national economy and hoard out of our homeland all their profits.
We the so-called educated allow it because we are deeply "class-conscious, selfish individualists," and are either afraid to question the ruling regime or because we desire to join the ranks of our ruling elite.
"I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it." - Ashleigh Brilliant, 1933
"The accomplish to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference." - Bess Myerson, 1924-present
- Walden Bello
"Upang maitindig natin ang bantayog ng ating lipunan, kailangang radikal nating baguhin hindi lamang ang ating mga institusyon kundi maging ang ating pag-iisip at pamumuhay. Kailangan ang rebolusyon, hindi lamang sa panlabas, kundi lalo na sa panloob!" --Apolinario Mabini, La Revolucion Filipina (1898)