If someone will mention Philippines to Michael Backman, he immediately imagines:
domestic maids, palm trees, mail-order brides and perhaps Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection
He described the Philippines as:
…It is one of Asia’s poorest countries and yet it is Asia’s second-biggest borrower. …
…The Philippines ranks as more corrupt than Vietnam but less than Indonesia…
…likes to shoot the messenger (journalist) … (LINK)
Too bad for my country.