QUOTE(LazyAzian @ Jun 29 2008, 05:39 PM) [snapback]3783153[/snapback]
If Philippines remained/became a U.S state, it would have a great economy and very populated with lots of immigrants and illegal immigrants. Strongest military in Asia and better English speakers than India, probably the businesses outsourcing hub of the world next to China?
If Philippines remained/became a Spanish province it would have a dependent economy and very little population, probably maximum of 10 million or less. Spanish call center capital of the world. It would be Latin Asia and not a lot of immigrants as Spaniards prefer Filipinos out of all the Asians when it comes to employment.*
*Source: UP Prof. Emmanuel Luis A. Romanillos "Analytical Survey of Studies on Spanish-Filipino Relations."
Wouldn't it make more sense to entice Filipinos from abroad to build the nation? This is where the heart is and this is where their roots come from, most likely, this is where family still resides. The biggest remittances come from Filipinos abroad, so why not take advantage of that investment combined with the new ideas that they're exposed to from their host countries and use it for Philippine progress rather than being a dependent nation year after year. It would make more sense in giving incentives to Filipinos from abroad that have motivation and capitol to make things happen, just get rid of the bureaucracy first.
Why is it favorable to take out the US and replace it with Spain?
It would be Latin Asia and not a lot of immigrants as Spaniards prefer Filipinos out of all the Asians when it comes to employment.*
I find that quote to be insulting in wanting to win favor over a country that once practiced exploitation over the Philippines.