go outside look around and then honestly tell me if it looks like this in your neighborhood.
That is a manila slum area. A poor neighborhood. But have you seen this:
A more affluent neighborhood:
A typical shopping mall:
The Philippines and any other country on earth has its share of rich and poor.
The reason why the slums were created in the first place is because of the wide rich-poor gap since the Philippine system is modelled after the USA. Once that rich-poor gap widened enough, communism was born.
In the 80s, during the years of Ferdinand Marcos' dictatorship, the communist insurgency was at its peak strength and was more active.
But now in a more progressive era, the communists are either forming their own breakaway factions of the original New People's Army or just simply defecting to the government in the hundreds.
The communists nowadays cannot anymore engage the AFP (Philippine Army) in direct combat. They can only manage to overrun remote police outposts or areas guarded by CAFGUS (the militia unit of the Philippine government. They're not as skillful as the regular units). Direct combat with the AFP only gets them slaughtered.
That is why now, the commies can only use youtube and blogspot to spread their propaganda that is almost useless. Its only a matter of years before communism dies out while the country progresses.
As Filipinos are learning from the past mistakes. Back in 2001, the minimum wage was PhP 250 per day (about $5 US). Now its at least PhP 400 which is a large percentage of a salary increase for the minimum wage earner. Corruption is more and more denounced. And the Philippines is on an upward rate of economic growth just like India and China but not as much. http://www.goodnewspilipinas.com/
I forgot to add. If you see any Filipino who disses the country and makes it appear like Mogadishu or Afghanistan, do not believe him/her/them
. A negative trait of Filipinos is that they love to look for greener pastures based on mere rumors alone.
Alot of Filipinos like to talk about Canada and USA being paradise. Once rumors spread, it gets accepted as TRUTH. They never ever even thought about the CONS in these nations like the racism and sexism. As well as the bad morality (at least different from the average Filipino Catholic's mindset).
There are stories of Filipino immigrants who come to North America only to have their hearts broken. To get an idea, lets pretend you are a decently paid Filipino professional. The type who can afford 2 condos and 2 SUVs in Philippine prices. Once coming to Canada or USA, live in a basement apartment and barely make ends meet as your credentials are not accepted properly.
That is one of the truths that the Philippine immigration department likes to hide from the people. As migration to the USA or Canada is big business for them. lol!