Politics: Philippines and South Korea

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15 Responses

  1. Hazel says:

    Nice blog entry.^^

  2. Kath says:

    Very well said Ms. Betchay!! Still not losing hope that we will be able to have a government truthfully working for its people.

  3. jemai says:

    Very well said ate betchay!^^ I totally agree with you!

  4. Wendy says:

    Galing, Betch! I feel you!

  5. zeldy says:

    I really agree Miss Betchay! .by the the cross flag pin you posted .I actually print it out because I too really love South Korea.

  6. Since I don’t know much about politics, this was really interesting to read. I only read about foreigners complaining about the noise the election campaigns in Korea produce, but it’s good to know there’s also positive things.

  7. Web Henyo says:

    True. Enough said. 😐

  8. Donya says:

    Uhmm…what about the Korean ex-president that hat put away huge slush funds during his term in office and stated he had only 290000 won available to him now (CDH)? What about the fact that about every Korean president who was elected democratically was charged for corruption basically as soon as they left office?
    What about the MP who said the subway ticket was 80 won? And what about the fact that the crying president (PCH) used the money that the miners and nurses send for his own devices? Sorry, but Korean politics is a dirty enough place as well!

    • Betchay says:

      Yes. I think I mentioned about the presidents who had gone to jail for corruption. Korean politicians are also corrupt, but my point is the people themselves don’t tolerate it as much as we do. When the members of Congress and their spouses paraded in expensive designer clothing during the last SONA, people were excited to see the clothes and it got more coverage than the speech of the president! That’s why I mentioned about politicians here get criticized simply for wearing an expensive watch.

      Isn’t it a good thing that “every Korean president who was elected democratically was charged for corruption basically as soon as they left office”? For me, that’s good news.

      Recently, the news being reported in Korea is about Chun Doo Hwan and his family. They have to pay the penalty imposed on the former president and it runs into billions of won. The government has already seized their expensive art collection…

      • I can’t think of a country where politicians are not corrupt. Maybe North of Europe is dealing with it a bit better then the rest, but even they have plenty of corruption. Kind of sad really

    • joseph C says:

      PCH did not use others money for his personal use He made the system that money used for d purpose of
      economic development.
      when PCH died w gunshot 1979 he was brought to d hospital covering his face with towel. doctor never noticed if he is president coz his inner cloth난닝구was damaged with so many holes and velt metal was discolored like dalmasian… there were no evidence of corrupt of pres PCH. it was only rumor of corrupt spread by north korean spy.
      you should know about 100000 NK spies lived in south korea with reguar job.

  9. Sweet_Goguma says:

    Sad to say these are all true..But we still have hope in our hands that someday, our country will prosper just like how South Korea did…

  10. Asawa says:

    Hi Betchay! Remember me? I’ve retired and am living in the Philippines now as of 1 August. I do agree with the substance of your post…but feel that an important point has been missed which allowed Korea to prosper and move ahead of the Philippines economically. Korea didn’t have allocate a large percentage of their GDP over the years to military expenses. They aren’t stupid on that account……Much easier to let the US shoulder the burden while spending money of everything else needed! Of course, this is a small generalization, but there is a lot of truth to it! The “Miracle on the Han” could not have happened without the US military being there. Now, the Philippines, on the other hand, chose to exercise their sovereign right and ask the Americans to leave. If you ask the man on the street here, they will tell you it was a HUGE mistake perpetrated by about 6 senators. You reap what you sew. As I look around the old Clark Air Base and Subic now, despite all the political hype of “green zones” and “tax-free economic zones” in these locations…they look like crap, businesses which started in the old bases have failed one after the other, and the nearby towns have suffered greatly economically…and are STILL suffering…20 years later. It is very sad to see. Now, the Chinese are trying to take islands in the Spratleys which are legally Philippine…and the Philippines can do NOTHING about it…except court the US military again! LOL

    • Betchay says:

      Wow! I used to live near Clark Air Base and life when the Americans were still there was prosperous. I think Angeles City is still doing okay, but I prefer the “then” than the “now”. Sentimental much? Oh well, our business (as well as others) was affected with the pull-out of the bases. Life was really good before Pinatubo erupted and there was hope until the Americans left. So yeah, I hope the Americans will never leave Korea. And I know that many Koreans feel the same way, even when there was the anti-American sentiment 11 years ago.

    • Ester says:

      I would agree that the US contributed to South Korea’s progress as they had to show the North Koreans that democracy works. After World War II, it seems that the US abandoned their allies and helped Germany & Japan more. Then the Korean War followed almost just after. So the Philippines had to fend for itself. Aside from this, the protectionist policies that the Philippine gov’t chose to follow did not do it good as it allowed local companies to just go as they were used to, did not challenge them to compete and produce high quality goods. For example, we still have the jeepneys and not go on to higher value vehicles. Also, we did not try to build a strong middle class with good education and investment policies, so the disparity in income has been getting worse through the years. And a big overhaul of the government should be done. The Philippines should have a Park Chung Hee. And the Koreans have also worked hard, are disciplined and love their country. We can learn from them. We can achieve the same if Filipinos will have more concern for others and their country (rather than themselves and for their family), and will work diligently and honestly.

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