When Duterte says ‘poor travelers,’ ‘poor traveler’ isn’t it?’
When President Rodrigo Duterte used the term “poor traveler” in his speech at the opening of the “poor travelers busan” in Manila on Monday, he didn’t mean it as a derogatory term but as a term of address.
In the Philippines, “poor” is a derogatory word used by the government to refer to those living in poverty and those who are uneducated or unconnected to the economy.
It’s also a term used by some people who say they’re poor, especially for their children.
But what if Duterte means poor traveler?
What does “poor traveling” actually mean?
Duterte has been criticized for using the term.
His spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said the president doesn’t intend to insult the poor.
“It’s not a derogatory or negative term,” Abella said in a statement on Tuesday.
“But what is used to address those who live in poverty is also used by those who travel abroad.
That’s what the president meant.”
What does Duterte mean by “poor traveler?”
Is Duterte referring to a particular type of poor traveler or is it a general phrase that refers to all travelers?
Is it an insult to those who lack access to financial resources, or a term that describes those who have limited means?
If so, how do you explain the “rich traveler” that Duterte used?
What are the implications for the Philippines if Duterte is indeed referring to people who are poor?
Is it just an example of “poor tourist” being used by Duterte?
If so, what’s the point?
The term “rich tourist” has a negative connotation because it refers to people with wealth and power, like the president himself.
But it has a positive connotation: It refers to the people who can afford to travel and those traveling with a lot of money.
“The term ‘rich traveler’ refers to those traveling abroad,” Abellas said.
“If we are referring to those travelers, it is the rich people who will travel abroad with the help of their families and their savings.
That is how the word ‘rich’ is used in Philippine society.”
Is it an attack on those who need to pay more taxes to fund the government?
Dacian, a member of the opposition party People Power, said Duterte’s use of the term is unfair.
“We’re using it as an insult and as a slur to those that are poor and who are forced to live in squalor and in extreme poverty.
If we are to be talking about the poor, then we are talking about those that don’t have money to travel abroad,” he said.”
They are the ones who are not in the least bit able to travel overseas and the ones that are in the worst shape,” he added.
In his speech, Duterte said the country has a lot to gain by welcoming poor travelers and the people they bring with them.
But is that true?
Does the use of “rich” imply that the Philippines is going to become rich, and will soon become a wealthy nation?
According to the United Nations, nearly 80 percent of the Philippines’ population is poor, while about 5 percent is middle class and about 3 percent is affluent.
In the United States, a study by the Pew Research Center found that more than half of the U.S. population lives in poverty.
Is that because Filipinos are poor or are they poor because of the country’s poor infrastructure?
What about those who don’t make it abroad?
According a 2012 report by the Institute of the World Economy, more than one-third of Filipinos do not have a passport.
That means they have to live overseas in order to get a visa.
“In some countries like India, the country where I grew up, it’s a big challenge for foreigners to get visas,” said Alejandro Arreguin, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico who specializes in immigration and migration issues.
Arreguin said that the lack of infrastructure and the high cost of living are the major reasons why Filipinos don’t want to go abroad.
He said it’s the same in many other developing countries.
“Many poor countries don’t even have toilets, and the country with the highest number of people living in extreme squalors is China,” he explained.
“There is not even a streetlight,” he pointed out.
The Philippines also lacks basic infrastructure, like roads, electricity, sanitation, public transportation, and schools.
In contrast, the United Kingdom has one of the highest per capita income in the world, and one of its most developed infrastructure systems.
So, what does Duterte really mean by the term?
“I don’t use the term ‘poor travel,'” he said on Tuesday at the “good traveling busan.”
“But I’m referring to the poor people who live with their families in the Philippines and who have to pay for transportation and food. We are