MANILA, Philippines — A recent survey conducted by Soshal Network Stations (SWS) estimated that around 98.69 million Filipinos, or almost the entirety of the Philippines, considered themselves poorer after knowing about the recently revealed wealth of Vice President Jejomar Binay that he allegedly amassed.
The SWS poll found that 99.99 percent of respondents now considered themselves a notch or two below poor after knowing about the billions of pesos in various bank accounts a fellow impoverished citizen allegedly owns.
“Tang ina! Kung si Binay mahirap, ano pa kaya kami?” said one of the respondents to the survey. “Lakas pa ng loob mong sabihin na lima lang bank accounts mo, kami nga wala eh!“
Another respondent quipped, “Hiyang-hiya naman kami sa pang-aapi sa iyo at sa pamilya mo,” referring to the vice president, as well as his wife and son, whose bank accounts were ordered frozen by the Court of Appeals (CA).
“Sige, ikaw na ang mahirap at inaapi!” he added, “Ikaw na ang mahirap na marunong magkamay habang nanananghalian ng paksiw na isda at Spam!“
However, self-rated poorer numbers were lower in Makati than in other areas.
“Kaming mga taga-Makati, palaging inaalagan ni Mayor,” said one resident of the city. “Kung anu-ano benepisyo ang natatanggap namin, kaya kahit kailan ay pantay ang pagtingin namin sa kanilang pamilya.“
Additionally, the SWS survey also revealed that billionaires included in Forbes 50 Richest Filipinos list now regard themselves as to belonging to the marginalized poor as well.
“Our hard-earned fortune pales in comparison to that of Binay’s,” said one of the former richest man in the Philippines, who wished to remain anonymous. “I’ll definitely think twice and contemplate whether I’m in the right industry.”
Another billionaire engaged in real estate who now considers himself poorer also shared his thoughts, saying, “I’ve built a lot of condominiums to be able to reach where I am, and this guy gets those units for free!? Dafuq?!?!”
The SWS poll was taken from May 13 to 15, with 9,700 respondents, and had sampling error margins of ±3% for national and ±5% for area percentages.
Of those 9,700 respondents, only one resident from The Coconut Palace still considers himself “poor”.