In PED XING by R. LIM, there’s this depressing entry:
Ready for the real shocker?
Today some eight million Filipino citizens are living and working abroad. With the domestic middle class estimated at about 10 percent of the 80-million population, one can say that roughly half of the Philippines’ entire middle class lives outside the country.
Perhaps this is the reason why our politics is still under the quagmire of, pace Joma Sison, semi-feudalism: our middle class is abroad.