President Aquino has engendered a lot of sympathy in the Philippines. However, poverty levels are stagnating and job creation remains a debilitating problem due to a lack of labour-intensive industries.
Even though the Philippines is recording record economic growth and has drawn attention from international investors due to investment grade upgrades, the unemployment rate in the nation remains the highest in ASEAN.
Politics in the Philippines is administered through a nerve-wracking bipolar order. While urban hubs led by Manila breath of diversifying industrialisation, the rest – the “provinces” – is chocked in feudalism.