Philippine Government: Favoring the Rich or Not?

“HE WHO HAS LESS IN LIFE MUST HAVE MORE IN LAW” – President Ramon Magsaysay
 
SLUMS are the densely populated, squalid parts of the city. They are undesirable areas of the city that are unwanted. These spots become inhabited by the millions of poor people who have low paying jobs or work in the informal sector of society- they are too poor to pay high rental fees and instead choose to build makeshift homes on un-chartered land. It is an immense global problem since so many people in the Third World are living below the poverty level.
          Due process has no exact definition. Under the BILL OF RIGHTS, Article III Section 1 of the 1987 Constitution, it states that: “NO PERSON SHALL BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE, LIBERTY, OR PROPERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW, NOR SHALL ANY PERSON BE DENIED THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF LAWS.”

REASONS FOR THE PROPOSITION THAT THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT FAVORS THE RICH:
1.      Under the Philippine Judicial System, there is the so-called “Double Standard of Justice” – There is a standard for the poor and a standard for the rich.
2.      The impact of SELECTIVE JUSTICE exists. The poor, without the means to defend themselves, have to rot in jail after committing a crime or offense, while the rich, committing the same crime or offense enjoy life outside of prison with their lawyers and their money.
3.      There is insufficient housing for the poor and not enough job creation by the government or international organizations such as the IMF. Instead, the budget goes to the middle and upper income.
4.      Governments fail to protect citizens living in slums often forgetting that they are even citizens, they push them off the land to build apartment complexes for their rich friends and big businesses.
5.      Often times the poor do not have a voice and it is the rich who become officials as well as elect the officials that will keep them living in their grand lifestyles. It is high ranking politicians who benefit off of the poor- public officials and corrupt police who illegally subdivide plots.

REASONS AGAINST THE PROPOSITION THAT THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT FAVORS THE RICH:
1.      The Philippine President, Benigno “Noy-Noy” Aquino, signed Pro-poor Laws on June 21, 2011. This includes the Mandatory Immunization for Children, a Bill allowing the Employment of Female Night Workers, and the Extension of the Lifeline Electricity Rates for the Poor Consumers. The Extension of a Lifeline Rates for Electricity would allow the less fortunate to put more of their resources into feeding themselves, or into saving enough money to pay for their hospital or medicine needs. This extension would allow those people who are bound by poverty to focus more of their resources into keeping themselves and their families alive, while also giving them access to electricity. The Mandatory Infants and Children Immunization Act require that all children under 5-years-old must be given basic immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases. And the last one which is the bill that allows female night workers to get employed, exempts night-working female employees from the Department of Labor and Employment.
2.      Quezon City is currently enforcing the Social Housing Tax Ordinance which imposes and additional 0.5% tax on lands with assessed value exceeding P100, 000. 00 that shall accrue to a special account under the city government’s general fund over the next five years. District II Councilor Roderick Paulate said that the ordinance was not only pro-poor because the fund would be translated into more public service.
3.      Job fairs for the unemployed are continuously conducted every month for the unemployed. This gives opportunities for the poor to get a job and be successful in the future.
4.      The RH Bill promotes equity for poor families RH indicators show severe inequities between the rich and poor. For example, 94% of women in the richest quintile have a skilled attendant at birth compared to only 26% in the poorest. The richest have 3 times higher tubal ligation rates compared to the poorest. This equity gap in tubal ligation partly explains why the wealthy hardly exceed their planned number of children, while the poorest get an extra 2. Infant deaths among the poorest are almost 3 times compared to the richest, which partly explains why the poor plan for more children. An RH law will promote equity in health through stronger public health services accessible to poor families.
5.      The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$250 million financing in support of the Philippine government’s agenda for good governance, growth, and poverty reduction. This fresh financing for the Philippines supports the country’s achievements and efforts for promoting inclusive growth through better fiscal management, improved investment climate, and investments in human capital (specifically in health and education) to enable the poor to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities.

CONTRIBUTORS/ONLINE MODERATORS:
MARIELLE P. SANTIAGO is a proud alumna of the elementary and high school departments of New Era University
JESSICA SANZ DESTA finished elementary and high school in Holy Spirit of Mt. Carmel School of Quezon City
KRISTINE LEA RABAJA went to Aparri Kete School and New Era Univeristy
GRACE PIAD DE GUZMAN graduated fromDr. Albert Elementary School and Don A Roces Science-Technology High School.
JANINE MABILANGAN is from Carmona Elementary School and Lakeshore Educational Institute
 
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T.L.E.

Hindi po kase hindi po iyon naaayon sa batas na ginawa nila ano pa ang silbi ng batas kung ang papaburan lng ang mga mayayaman bkit pa sila gumawa kng isa lng ang makikinbang sa huli at yn ang mga mayayaman .. Diba kya nga gmawa ng batas ay para mging pantay pantay ang mga tao dapat wlang mahirap o mayaman hindi lng dpat ang mayaman ang magkaroon ng katarungan kundi ang lhat ng tao.. At kung walng mang aapi wlang maaapi sa dalawng panig ... lgi nalng mayaman pagtuonan nyo naman ng pansin ang mahirap dhil hndi lng sla ang nabubhay na nilalang...

T.L.E.

dapat pantay pantay gna lhat wlang mayama o mahirap....

kaylangan ay magkaroon ng

kaylangan ay magkaroon ng karapatan ang bwat isa....

Philippine Government favoring the rich or the poor?

Nowadays, obviously our government is favoring the rich people.

Question:
Do you agree that our government favors the rich and almost neglecting the rights of the poor?

This is in reaction to the

This is in reaction to the comment of Dianara Padiernos.

I think no one will agree in this. All people deserve equal rights in the government, regardless if the person is rich or poor. Besides in the eyes of god we are all equal.

This is in reaction to the

This is in reaction to the comment of Dianara Padiernos.

I think no one will agree in this. All people deserve equal rights in the government, regardless if the person is rich or poor. Besides in the eyes of god we are all equal.

This is in reaction to the

This is in reaction to the comment of Dianara Padiernos.

I do agree that our Philippine Government is in favor for the rich people nowadays because as we noticed those poor who committed crimes rot in jail while those rich who committed the same crime enjoy they life outside the prison with their lawyers and money

This is in reaction to the

This is in reaction to the comment of Dianara Padiernos.

Yes i agree, recently those who leads our govenrment came from known family and have a high standard of living. As our country reaches a high economy, the rich are the one who complimented.

philippine laws

For me equal protection of the law is the most important right of all persons to have the same access to the law and courts, and to be treated equally by the law and courts, both in procedures and in the substance of the law. And it is akin to the right to due process of law, but in particular it applies to an equal treatment of element of fundamental fairness. And also apply to other inequalities such as differentials in pay for the same work or unequal taxation. This principle is stated in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that "No State shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Philippine Government: Favoring the Rich or Not?

For me equal protection of the law is the most important right of all persons to have the same access to the law and courts, and to be treated equally by the law and courts, both in procedures and in the substance of the law. And it is akin to the right to due process of law, but in particular it applies to an equal treatment of element of fundamental fairness. And also apply to other inequalities such as differentials in pay for the same work or unequal taxation. This principle is stated in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that "No State shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Philippine Government: Favoring the Rich or Not?

The article's main idea is that, "Thus the present government equally sees the rich and the poor"

Question:
Do you think the present government equally sees the rich and the poor ? Why?

Logic 1

The article says that Philippine Government nowadays are more favorable to rich people than to poor ones. For you, to whom to do you think our Government are more favoring to? To Rich People? or to Poor People?

This is for Karyl Ladrica.

To rich one, because as I noticed when rich people committed the same crime they can easily be out of the jail, while poor people cannot.

This is for Karyl Ladrica.

I think we are all equal in terms of this, maybe not all but several people who are in the government today are trying their best for us to feel the equality of the government we have.

This is for Karyl Ladrica.

My answer is to rich people, because we poor people seldom feel the equality of our government.

Philippine Government: Favoring the Rich or Not?

I don't want to say that our Government is in favor only to rich people because I see they have programs and projects that help the poor.

Question: Philippine Government: Favoring the Rich or Not? and Why?

This is the answer to the

This is the answer to the question of Jomari Macaraig .
i think the government are not equally sees the rich people and poor people .. more in favor at rich people kase sa panahon ngaun nagiging basihan na ang pera .. tingin ko ung ibang poor people nakikita nila pero mas lamang pa din sa rich people mas priority nila ung mga mataas na tao bago ung mga nasa baba..

in reply to Jomari Macaraig's question

This is the answer to the question of Jomari Macaraig:
I guess the government doesn't obviously sees the differences between the rich and the poor. If they bother to do that, then why would these kind of questions existed? I suggest that they must think first of the possibilities of what will happen if ever they made a decision for the mankind.

This is for Macaraig, Jomari

In my own opinion the government is favoring the rich, because its part of the system here in our country. The more money you have the more you'll be prioritized because of the under the table transactions in different offices of the government and the common people that doesn't have money to pay for it they'll be the last in the line. Thank you

I don't think so.

No offence but I really dont think you're right about this context. Actually the question from the article is no brainer and not complicated to provide an answer to. If you will observe closely to society we live in with such government, you can't be dumb to see that most of the cases, the rich people are the ones favored. The people that acquired such wealth, power and even influence are the ones most likely to be favored in many ways and that's so very obvious to people especially to our country. From the laws to the rights be exercised, rich people are constantly will always be given over the poor ones.

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