Will doing the "12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Our Country" really help?
I am often asked “what have I done for the Philippines” whenever some heated topics on Filipino culture come up. Here’s a typical rant from the clueless😆
Allow me to present Exhibit #1 of the typical “anti-Pinoy”😆
I’ve encountered this writer before and I swear, the only friggin job he can get is in this anti-pinoy website.
And someone swears the dude is in an industry with a bright outlook😉
You are of the Philippines A-Hole, and my oh my, am I glad you are no longer Filipino? I sure hope the Philippines will revoke your dual citizenship status if you ever have one so you can never return to this country you hate so much.
If you are incapable to contribute anything positive for my country, then shut the hell up. You people are a bunch of losers. Your articles are no eye opener. Yes, you have a point but you killed all of them by your condescending presumptuous claims.
The Philippine government is living off on OFW remittances, which means YOU are getting a free lunch out of the OFW’s good graces – the least you can do is say THANK YOU you ungrateful DOOFUS.😆
What have you guys done for the country? seriously? show me one positive effect of your racist bashing against Filipinos? don’t you dare claim that more Filipinos are now educated? there are other political forums here that are working positively for Filipinos. It is obvious how these writers don’t have a friggin clue of what is happening in the Philippines outside of Luzon.
Love the classic “what have you done for the country” eh kung sampalin ko kaya ito ng mga projects na nagawa ko sa Pinas, he’ll be buried alive😆
Idiots! if you have never traveled the 7107 islands in the country, DO NOT PRESUME you know the Philippines. Your articles are so revealing. Idiots!
Oh we have travelled it the 7,107 islands many times over – we know every nook, cranny, and crevice than you can imagine. We are so effective in describing it – it ruffled feathers with the accuracy of the descriptions.
Have you bothered to check your dirty palengke with all the bangaw?
How about your BBQ stalls that throw their trash wherever they feel convenient.
How about your noisy undisciplined tricycle drivers that are the bane of bus drivers?
How many vehicle accidents have happened from due to tricycle drivers who race in the highway – or the bus drivers high on shabu.
Have you been to the restroom in the public market – omg – the toilets are unflushed, there’s no toilet paper, the floor is muddy, people spit on the floor, and wherever.
Visit any restroom of the restaurants when you are taking a road trip – check out the toilets if they are clean. Super stinky! Nakalutang ang mga yellow submarine – at inu-uod!
Here’s some more bones to chew on
* Gini Coefficient – that is a summation of all the efforts of Filipinos to widen the income disparity😀 – very wide disparity
* Global Competitiveness index – – that is a summation of all the efforts of Filipinos to be competitive😀 – ranks are going down
* Failed States Index – rank is going down
You’d rather talk about Vicke Belo giving botox to Charice Pempengco? Or Filipinos reactions to Adam Carolla’s – Get Your Sh*t Together Philippines comment – should Carolla repeat that after this hostage fiasco? I think now is a good time for Adam Carolla to deliver that line.
How about those boorish folks who rallied against Chip Tsao – a nation of hostage rescue bunglers!
You seen the hostage rescue in the Discovery Channel? Hostage taker dead – all hostages rescued – That’s how you do it.
How many amucks in the Philippines get away with murder huh? Do you want to keep on sweeping all that under the rug? Get real now.”
Having said that – Allow me to use as reference the 12 little things Lacson wrote about – these are things I have been doing even BEFORE he wrote about this. Here are my experiences based on each item on the list.
Follow traffic laws. Follow the law.
- I follow traffic laws. However, no matter how you follow traffic laws – are there enough roads that allow you to follow traffic laws? What exactly are our traffic laws? Are they written such that it makes sense to follow them?
Whenever you buy or pay for anything, always ask for an official receipt.
- I always ask for an official receipt. Is that an assurance that the amount will be reported to the BIR?
Don’t buy smuggled goods. Buy local. Buy Filipino.
- I don’t buy on the basis of blind nationalism – I spend money on durable, long lasting goods. Philippine businesses will have to earn their right to my money.
When you talk to others, especially foreigners, speak positively about us and our country.
- There’s a point when you have to determine what’s real, what’s deluded, and what’s truly positive. Do not exterminate the truth just so you can pain a pretty picture about the country. It is better to tell the truth – and that you are working hard with other like-minded Filipinos to bring about genuine change – a globally-oriented economy, a huge middle class, lean government that actually works, keeping taxpayers money where it belongs – the taxpayer.
Respect your traffic officers, policemen and soldiers.
- Respect is earned. Until traffic officers, policemen, and soldiers learn to conduct themselves accordingly. Or when the government finally gets the balls to pay for compensation that attract the people who can command respect – then respect will follow.
Do not litter, dispose your garbage properly. Segregate. Recycle. Conserve.
- I do not litter, i dispose trash properly. Though it is another matter when your government is stocked with councilors whose concept of solid waste management is to throw the trash in the adjoining town.
Support your church.
- I dunno about the church – am an avowed atheist and am not about to support any church. I have had enough of the churches interference into politics – and quite lousy at it – Reproductive Health Bill and Divorce being exhibit #1.
During elections, do your solemn duty.
- I do my solemn duty to vote for upright candidates like Gordon. Unfortunately lots of Filipinos also believe it is their solemn duty to vote for an incompetent candidate like Aquino. Don’t just vote – vote for the best competent candidate.
Pay your employees well.
- I pay my employees well, until Joma’s teamsters and union bosses come in to make sure business fold out in the name of “protecting workers interest”. Yeah – the company lost revenue after the strike and everyone lost their jobs.
Pay your taxes.
- As a fixed wage earner – I am quite overtaxed – and the government has nothing to show for where my taxes went – though Congressmen, Senators, and the Executive sure made a lot of money on the Road Board Fund – not to mention their unexplained wealth.
Adopt a scholar or a poor child.
- I have gone beyond that, I have adopted schools and communities and sent education resources their way. You know what happened – the LGUs and Congressman no longer feel responsible about supporting schools since taxpayers are already donating resources… this isn’t working.
Be a good parent. Teach your kids to follow the law and to love our country.
- I don’t just teach my kids to follow the law – I teach myself, my friends, my colleagues about following the law and loving the country – and that means having the capacity to look at the truth – warts, pimples, beer belly, and scars included. The thing is what kind of laws are we following? Are they worth following at all? Why have we not been able to elect people who come with good laws?
The long and short of it is that Filipinos should not be contented with the small, the petty, the trivial. We need to DREAM BIG, ASPIRE BIG, ACHIEVE BIG. We are a pitiful nation because we have CEASED to THINK BIG.
Do not be ashamed to aspire for excellence – it is not unpatriotic to be smart, to speak your mind, and to be passionate.
Do not be ashamed to admit failure – what’s more important is what can we learn from it and how can we ensure we don’t repeat the same mistakes all over again.
If we are to achieve something we haven’t ahieved before, we have to do something which we haven’t done before – DREAM BIG. enough of the small.
So here are EIGHT BIG dreams each Filipino can work on to bring this country around.
- Support Charter Change
- Remove protectionist provisions Sec 10, 11 – Art 12 of Philippine constitution.
- Support the shift to a federal parliamentary system.
- Support the passage of a strong Freedom of Information Act
- Support passing of the Reproductive Health Bill.
- Support the passing of the Divorce Bill.
- Eliminate the pork barrel.
- Tax religious organizations that get involved in politics. Catholic church can participate in politics if it waives its tax exemption status.
Get your sh*t together Philippines.