According to Jimmy Bondoc, elitism runs in the blood or wired in some people’s brain. He said he know this because he struggled with people like this in his whole life.
Bondoc clarified not all in exclusive schools are elitist. He said he had many down-to-earth classmates, even children of the country’s wealthiest. Wealth does not make people elitist. But there are indeed people who thinks this way. No malice, but that’s what some people grew up with, the mentality that elitism is a privilege. Life of privilege.
The suggestion of Madam Grace Poe, for example, perhaps did not come out malice. Many people in the upper circle really believe in many different forms of segregation or apartheid. They did not do it intentionally.
Bondoc warned Filipinos to be careful. We, ourselves are subconsciously creating walls to segregate the types of people. And not all types of walls are bad per se.
For example, the wall separating between countries is important, whether real or by fiction of law. Good walls make good neigbhbors as they say.
Bondoc cited the the US senator meddling in our law, for example, was wrong no matter how you justify it.
Bondoc agreed its their right but they are shameless. Because what they have done is trespassing the invisible wall of countries that supposedly respect each other.
That is an example of a good wall.
But creating walls in the trains is not good, said Bondoc especially trains that is not running smoothly and we have yet to fix the numerous issues hounding it and now we are thinking of implementing a system of preferential treatment. Why? Because at this point, we should have achieved a high level of comfort and safety for all.
Besides, we don’t complain when we take the train in Hong Kong.
Bondoc said that if we do the elite section of our trains, this is treading a dangerous path. Because we might develop the mentality of improving the services of the elite section while those in the ordinary section will be eating poop.
Rather, Bondoc said we should make it a first class experience from the start for all. We can do it.
Bondoc asked why aim so low as to admit that since we cannot make the experience First Class for everyone, why make it first-class for the can-afford only? That’s wrong.
Bondoc clarified he was not pouncing on Grace Poe because he understands this is just a political noise.
Bondoc added that he just can’t help it but speak up about his core belief – that we can make all our services World Class for everyone.
Bondoc insisted the Philippines CAN afford it. The money is there. It is the still-rotten systems that are holding us back. Bondoc blamed the procurement law that is error-prone.
No Federalism yet but he is open to the idea of Economic Federalism as proposed by House Speaker Cayetano.
He lamented the government agencies that are very corrupt.
Bondoc there are many things that needs fixing. We don’t need to start it with an elitist mentality– that since there many things in the country that needs fixing, we need to prioritize the comfort of the first class.
Bondoc said we cannot blame the elitist. We need to teach them because they don’t know they have elitist attitude.
So we have to quietly teach them, to work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is poor and it’s very sad. And I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it; to look in the beauty in the faces of the children and to be grateful. And I will bring this aspect as a Miss Universe, to see situations with a silver lining. And to assess where I could give something; where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity cannot grow and prosper, and children will have smiles on their faces.
Source: Jimmy Bondoc