The Public Pulse
Population density per sq. kilometer. [1997]
Bataan Nuclear Plant

24 questions to which "the Philippines" is the correct answer:

       
            Which country in Asia

1.was the first to become a republic, but replaced a sitting president in 2001 without
benefit of elections, death or disability, resignation, or impeachment?
2.was the first to embrace democratic processes, but whose elections are the region's
bloodiest and most fraudulent?
3.was the first to write a constitution for itself but endured 14 years of dictatorial rule?
4.had the second highest gross national product [GNP], next to Japan, in 1938?
5.has been characterized by UNICEF as "first among the worst-managed children's health
care systems in Asia"?
6.has the weakest, most under-funded Armed Forces?
7.is the largest per-capita debtor to the International Monetary Fund?
8.spends one-third of its annual national budget to pay the interest fees on its foreign debt?
9.has the highest per-capita crime rate and is known as the region's "kidnap capital"?
10.        is overwhelmingly Catholic, but has the second largest number of child prostitutes?
11.        pays the second highest retail electricity rates, next to Japan?
12.         is currently, next to Bangladesh, the region's poorest nation-state?

            Which country 
in the world

13.         is the only one named after a foreign colonizer-king?
14.         is the only one, save for Nepal, that continues to face a communist insurgency?
15.         is the only one to ask for and host foreign combat troops to help quell criminality?
16.         taught the world how to grow rice but for the last 10 years has been a net importer of
the staple?
17.         has been characterized by the World Health Organization as "the epicenter of the global
tuberculosis epidemic"?
18.         expects its metropolian population to double [from 11 million to 22 million] in less than
17 years and its total population to 
double [from 80 million to 160 million] in less than
29 years?
19.          has been tagged internationally as "the number one violator of intellectual property
rights?"
20.          ranks second only to Madagascar worldwide in the list of countries with the most threat-
ened mammals?
21.         currently ranks, among 180 states surveyed, as the 11th most corrupt country?
22.          in a study of 186 countries, is the 6th most culturally fragmented nation-state [contain-
ing 87 distinct nations that speak in excess of 160 living languages, excluding their
dialects]?
23.         deforests its remaining timberland at the rate of 100,000 hectares/year?
24.         used to be the largest exporter of abaca hemp and sugar, but is now the world's largest
exporter of domestic labor?

National Defense
$1.2 billion
What it cost to build
the Bataan Nuclear Plant. 
11 million

Metro Manila's population in 2002.
Our projected total population in 2032.
Metro Manila's projected population in 2020.
Our total population in 2002.
The number of Filipinos forced by sheer 
need to seek employment overseas.
Estimated total annual remittances [bank, non-
bank, and non-cash] of all overseas Filipinos.
Interest paid [as of 1986] for
the foreign loan to fund that plant.
22 million
80 million
7 million
$20 billion
The percentage of our national budget in 2002 that went to pay the interest on our foreign debt.
32.3%
Thailand has 50 fighters. We have 6.
Estimated annual incidence of illegal 
abortions performed in RP. [1999] 
400,000
Number of hectares deforested annually in the country, 1996 - 2001.
100,000
$3.5 billion
Number of watts
generated by that facility.
0
Estimated number of "mail-order brides"
who left the Philippines in 1997.
77,000
Estimated amount of foreign capital that left the country, 1999 - 2000.
$36.5 billion
U.N. estimate of number of prostitutes
in the Philippines. [2001]
600,000
U.N. estimate of number of child
prostitutes in the Philippines. [2001]
100,000
The Philippines total commercial reliance on imported energy usage. [1997]
72%
World Bank estimate of amount lost by government
every year to "massive graft and corruption." [1998]
P200 billion
Amount "missed" [uncollected] by the Bureau of
Internal Revenue due to "leakages." [2001]
P243 billion
Number of Filipinos who die of cardiovascular disease. [2001]
9/minute
UNICEF estimate of Filipino children who die annually
"of diarrhea and acute respiratory infections." [1999]
38%
Percentage of Filipino children with
IDA [iron deficiency anemia]. [2000]
30%
Percentage of Filipino children "stunted" 
by severe malnutrition. [2000]
30%
Percentage of American population that pays income taxes.
56%
Percentage of Philippine population that pays income taxes.
2.2%
Additional amount allocated in the national budget
to "modernize" the Philippine Armed Forces. [2001]
P10 billion
Total amount allocated in the national budget as our
local governments' share in national revenues. [2001] 
P8.9 billion
Number of death row in-
mates in the Philippines. [2002]
1,837
Street value of "fake U.S. Federal Reserve bonds
and certificates" seized in the Philippines in 2001.
$2 trillion
Percentage of members of the
Philippine legislature who belong
to "political dynasties." [2002]
Yes, that's a crime.
56%
Estimated number of
 "loose" [unregistered] firearms
 in the Philippines. [1999]
2 million
Our foreign debt. [June, 2002]
$54.9 billion
       Average Annual GDP, 1980-1990:

Philippines
Laos
Vietnam 
Cambodia
Myanmar 
Indonesia
Thailand
Malaysia
South Korea
China

 1.0%
3.7%
    4.6%
 6.5%
6.8%
7.7%
8.3%
8.7%
9.4%
10.2%

Percentage of Filipino children who 
have dental caries or gum disease. [1999]
98%
Amount extorted by kidnappers for ransom in the
Philippines in 2001. This does not include unreported payments.
P211 million
Number of people kidnapped in the country in 2000 other than
by the Abu Sayyaf.
219
Number of kidnappings in the country in 2000 foiled by police.
4
Number of fatalities in "the world's worst peacetime
sea disaster," when the ship M/V Dona Paz sank off
Manila in 1987 after colliding with a foreign tanker.
4,000+
Average number of Filipinos leaving RP
daily to work abroad for the year 2002.
2,670
Amount contributed by overseas Filipino workers to the Overseas Filipino Workers Administration in 2001.
P875 million
Amount allocated by OWWA for overseas Filipino workers' benefits in 2001.
P91 million
Average cost of purchasing a fake
visitor's visa to Japan in 2002.
P175,000
53
58
105
130
Philippines
245
Estimated number of Filipina
 prostitutes in Japan. [1998]
150,000
Amount invested by Japan for
research and development. [2000]
$4.6 billion
Amount invested by Singapore for
 research and development. [2000]
$570 million
Amount invested by South Korea for
 research and development. [2000]
$142 million
Amount invested by the Philippines for
research and development. [2000]
$0
Singapore
54.3
Japan
47.9
South Korea
44.4
Philippines
2.9
Average starting monthly salary of a teacher at the University of the Philippines. [2000]
P9,000
Volume of water lost by Manila Water
 due to theft and leakage. [2001]
54%
Volume of water lost by Maynilad
due to theft and leakage. [2001]
65%
The University of Santo Tomas' [Asia's first university] ranking in Asiaweek's appraisal of Southeast Asia's
best 77 universities. [2000]
74th
Number of Filipinos infected
with tuberculosis.
25 million
Number of Filipinos infected with
the infectious form of the disease.
600,000
Number of Filipinos dying of
the disease daily. [2001]
130
Monthly salary of the chair of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. [2001]
P908,333
Estimated number of Filipinos detained during the martial law regime. [1972 - 1986]
70,000
Estimated number of Filipinos tortured by the Philippine military during the martial law regime.
36,000
Estimated number of Filipinos summarily executed by the Philippine military during the martial law regime.
3,257
Exact number of Filipino officers/soldiers prosecuted for human rights violations.
0
Number of countries, apart from Afghanistan, that asked for American
combat troops on their soil to "help combat banditry and criminality." 
1
Number of Mindanaoans displaced by the "all-out-war" declared by
our central government against our Muslim secessionists.
1.6 million
Number of lives lost in the ongoing conflict in Mindanao since 1968.
120,000+
Number of elections held in RP. 
85
Number not marred by fraud and/or violence.
0
Percentage of total earnings paid as income tax by salaried workers in RP. [2003]
10.58%
Percentage of total earnings paid as income tax by professionals and business proprietors in RP. [2003]
1.33%
Minimum cost of open heart surgery at
the Philippine Heart Center. [2002]
P300,000
Backlog of charity patients awaiting 
surgery at the PHC.  
6,000+
Number of charity patients expected to die
in 2003 while awaiting surgery at the PHC.  
2,400
Amount lost to the government due to "manipulated public biddings" in 2002.
P22 billion
This nation is at a crossroads. Quite simply, it must reform or perish. Either this country moves forward or dies.
--- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
January 8, 2003
It is the state that is dying. Reform has long been a vain hope. The only question that remains is whether it dies peacefully or violently. 
--- David C. Martinez
January 10, 2003
Amount malversed by Department of Public 
Works officials in "ghost automotive repairs." [2002]
P182 million
Total value of goods imported by the Philippines in 2001.
P33 billion
Total value of goods exported by the Philippines in 2001.
P25 billion
160 million
RP: Terrible Truths
Startling Statistics
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Overpopulation
The Diaspora
India has 25 destroyers. We have 1.
Taiwan has 4 submarines. We have 0.
Illegal Abortions
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Deforestation
The Economy
Corruption
Health
Crime
Equity
Disasters
Congestion
Brunei
Cambodia
Indonesia
China
Education
Telephones
Number of telephones per 100 inhabitants. [1997]
Justice
Elections
Bloodbath
Amount spent by our central government on that conflict. [as of 2001]
P7 million/day
All Alone
Net loss in 2001.
P8 billion
Prostitution
Metro Manila
75%
Country-wide
66%
Percentage of citizens dissatisfied with "the way democracy works" in the Philippines. [November, 2002]
Referendum: FAQs
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