Friday, May 04, 2012

Wall built in Philippines' capital to hide slums

A wall has been built in Manila "to conceal" the urban slums.  Demand for minimum wage was rejected two days ago by President Aquino III. The Philippines is a Catholics-majority ex-colony of Spain and the US. Japan's occupying forces also ruled the Philippines from 1942 to 1945. Many studies have been conducted by Filipino as well as international scholars, from different schools of thoughts of social sciences, on the gap between rich and poor in the country but a common perception is that 'corruption, 'nepotism and cronyism of the elites are the sources. The Philippines is also frequently troubled by natural disasters, power struggles among politicians, insurgencies and/or military indiscipline. Mainstream politics in the Filipino society is personality'-'centred and dominated by established families while big landlords and their thugs still exploit and tyrannise rural people who are mostly undereducated.