On the way home from the airport kanina, I chanced to hear Raffy Tulfo’s ‘public service program’ on 92.3 FM. Some workers for a Chinese businesswoman made ‘sumbong’ to him that they were being paid below the minimum wage. So what Raffy did was call up the Chinese woman and mock her accent, all the while threatening that the DoLE will bust her operations, and she’ll be deported.
“Punta jan ang Depatment of Labol at Bulow of Immigleshon. Ipapa-depolt kikta.” He went on and on like that. What a jerk right? I mean, apart from the fact that he’s insulting other Filipino-Chinese folk, does he really think his own ‘media exposés’ will make things better? Let’s say the poor Chinese woman is deported. Will this give the poor more, or less jobs?
INFORMAL ECONOMIES KEEP THE WHEELS GRINDING
One can just imagine what will happen if the ‘informal’ economy is ground to a halt because of do-gooders like Tulfo. The ensuing unemployment will be a testament to ‘social justice,’ alright.
Such harmful economics equates the “karapat-dapat” wage to be what Congress says it is. Never mind the fact that some jobs really are NOT worth the minimum wage! If they were worth it, then Tulfo himself can hire those aggrieved workers, and it will SURELY be worth it to him, regardless of what use he has of their labors.
WHY THE EMPLOYER’S DUTY?
And why isn’t it HIS duty to employ the workers, rather than the Chinese woman’s? As it is, even if she insulted them night and day, she would still be more valuable to the workers than some media man who gets off on threatening people with violence in the name of justice.
Improvements in socioeconomic conditions are a matter of increasing choices available to all market players, and not the mere taking from one against their will, to give to another. The fact that employees have to make do with ‘oppressive’ jobs has less to do with employer cruelty and more to do with capital-destroying intervention by governments, and the dumbasses who support such intervention.