The Philippines and South Korea are the two countries I am most familiar with. In the Philippines, we say that the three top interests of Filipinos are basketball, show business and politics. Here in Korea, they are soccer, show business and politics (based on what trends on portal sites)
Two of the countries I’m most familiar are my home country, the Philippines, and my adoptive country, South Korea. I love both countries, but I wish that my native country could have a better government that will truly take care of its people. Anyway, here’s a rundown of how the two governments fare in terms of politics:
Election in the Philippines and South Korea
– In Korea, voters don’t need to register. The national database automatically includes everyone who is eligible to vote. (Source: my experience)
– In the Philippines, voters line up for hours and lose a day of work to register!
– Campaign period in Korea is for two weeks before elections.
– Campaign period in the Philippines “unofficially” starts after an election, e.g. the campaign for the presidential election in 2016 began after the senatorial elections last May.
– In Korea, posters are not pasted on walls. They are placed together in public spaces. Campaign paraphernalia are sent to households.
– In the Philippines, posters are everywhere and everything (including noodles) becomes a campaign material. Bribes like money and groceries are sent to voters.
– In Korea, the candidates talk about their platform and don’t sing and dance.
– In the Philippines, the candidates sing or dance to entertain the “audience”.
– In Korea, profile of candidates are posted online. The list includes their wealth and income.
– In the Philippines, profile of candidates are posted online. The list does not include their wealth nor their income.
Politicians in the Philippines and South Korea
– In Korea, the president donates his wealth to charity while in office.
– In the Philippines, the president buys a Porsche a few months after he’s elected.
– In Korea, the First Lady receives criticisms for allegedly having a luxury watch.
– In the Philippines, the presidents’ sister flaunts her designer clothes on national TV.
– In Korea, it’s not unusual to see a “congresswoman” walking on the streets of Seoul, riding a taxi or taking the subway. (Source: my experience)
– In the Philippines, it would be a miracle to see a “congressman” to even step on the ground (unless it’s campaign period) and of course, I’m exaggerating.
– In the Philippines, a presidential sister took the MRT (Metro Rail Transit) for the first time and…
– In Korea, congressmen are suspect if they ever purchase real property while in office.
– In the Philippines, congressmen build 50-million peso mansions while still in office despite a 25,000 peso monthly salary.
– In Korea, congressmen eat what the average citizen eats and pay for their meals.
– In the Philippines, congressmen spent 45 million pesos for “turon” or banana fritters or 43,000 pesos per person for a lunch of soup and fish ~~ all paid by the citizens!
– In Korea, congressmen wear non-designer or indistinguishable designer clothes ~ or they risk criticisms. (Source: someone I know)
– In the Philippines, congressmen parade with their designer clothes, especially during the SONA.
– In Korea, an ex-President kills himself by jumping off a cliff while being investigated for corruption.
– In the Philippines, an ex-General kills himself with a gun while being investigated with plunder.
– In Korea, ex-presidents go to jail for corruption and then pardoned after a few years.
– In the Philippines, an ex-president went on a house arrest at his rest house for plunder and then pardoned after a few years.
– In Korea, the First Lady’s brother is investigated on alleged anomaly.
– In the Philippines, the President shrugs off accusations against his sister for suspected extortion.
– In Korea, the President is impeached for endorsing his own party in the elections.
– In the Philippines, the President thinks his main job is to campaign for his party’s candidates.
– In Korea, congressmen act like gangsters to fight for the bills they believe in.
– In the Philippines, the Congress is the biggest criminal syndicate!
And before I forget,
– In Korea, the president cried that his citizens had to work in another country.
– In the Philippines, the president barely supports its people working in another country who keep the economy afloat.
So what’s my point? The Philippines has been lagging behind its neighbors in almost every aspect. South Korea had nothing after the war, but it didn’t stop the country and its people to unite and work hard for the betterment of the country. The Filipinos deserve more than its abusive government, but it’s only possible if the people elect real leaders and not a Nancy Binay over a Gordon, Hagedorn or Magsaysay. That is just sad… so open your eyes people. It’s time to stop the abuse!
I don’t mean to bash the Philippines nor its people, it’s the government and the people running it that I’m truly pissed with… And yes, South Korea is not a perfect country ;p