There are times when I view the whole metropolis from the PBCOM Tower in Makati (Philippine's tallest building), I've thought "what will become of my beloved Philippines?"
All of my best staff and workers from a semi-government company that I manage went out of the country to find good opportunities. Here is the most puzzling thing, i even offered them large bonuses, house and lot and a car (and you thought Manny Pacquiao can do this, so can I!), THEY DECLINED!
I told them "this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, I am giving you something that you deserve, you have worked hard for it, and I know you deserve this amount. There is even more I have to offer you, just ask."
Some cried, some are stunned, some fought against me (because maybe I am buying them or something), but none of them accepted the money and other things that is important for their families.
Actually, some of them I tricked believing they have won it as a prize or something. I even asked PCSO to rig some of the numbers that they have picked so that they will win.
But when I offered them in a direct manner, they refused.
We all want money, and material things. I do not know if this is an asset of the Filipino, or just being shy about it all, money and opportunity is there, why should you leave the country?
If it is work, being globally competitive, money, fame, etc. it is part of their reason. there is another thing:
Philippine Government sucks.
I knew it will come out to this. of course I kept my 'secret' with me, i still didn't tell them that I own the motherland. If I told them it will be a different ballgame. After I said goodbye to them. I always weep, because it is really hard to leave the place you were born. Not to mention leaving your family behind.
(To be continued)