I definitely would want to leave.
I know being an “iskolar ng bayan” equates to “serving the people” right after graduation, but who would want to “serve” a country where your very own, so-called, “public servants” pocket tax money. I wouldn’t let these animals (sorry for the very harsh adjective) to even touch a single centavo on my hard earned money in the future. This may be getting too harsh, but we have to face the reality. The news report about brain drain, capital flight and what not because for these very reasons. Companies in the Philippines don’t really pay well compared to work abroad. They have better working conditions and benefits. What is there not like?
I know what you’re thinking — I’m from UP and I should stay in the country because our countrymen didn’t subsidize my education for me to just leave. But should I sacrifice my future just for me to be able to do “something” for our country?
Maybe. Maybe not, but one thing’s for sure, I haven’t lost ALL hope yet.
Erwin Mate 2012-30127