I’m Filipino, so why should I care about Trump?

It’s official, after having a black president for eight years, the United States is going backwards by voting a racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic Oompa-Loompa as his successor.

Damn, USA, what is this about?

That being said, I am an ocean away from that country, and I could tell them they could have their orange dude be president, I couldn’t care less. But the thing is, I could care less… but I won’t. The POTUS is not just the leader of their country, he is the leader of the free world, because for all intents and purposes, most of the world seems to believe that the US is the greatest country there is.

I get this question from a lot of apathetic people:

You’re not even in the United States, so why should you care about Trump being President?

If you’re asking this with condescension, then take a seat and ask yourself if you’re being a little shit.

First,

We have a lot of OFWs in the US. Many of them undocumented. What will happen to them and their families who are relying on them for survival here in the Philippines? Nevermind the ones already there, what about the ones who are still in the process of seeking greener pastures (ie nurses and caretakers, etc)?

Second,

The USA is a major player in the global economy. While Clinton, as a Democrat, have relatively the same trade and foreign policies as Obama, Trump’s agenda, which is fueled by hatred, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, and sexism, among others, will paint a vastly different landscape.

Third,

At this point in time, we still rely heavily on the US to help build up our economy: therefore the millions of Filipinos getting their livelihood from US-owned call centers and companies. Return to my second point.

Fourth,

Filipinos may want to take what’s theirs, but come on, let us be honest, the things we have are thanks to the relationship we have with the US, and that includes your iPhone and iPad that you can’t seem to go without, to begin with.

Fifth,

The Paris Agreement. The United States is among the biggest contributors of carbon emissions, and in a world that is fighting for our planet’s survival, we need all governments in all countries around the planet to work. Trump believes Climate Change is a hoax and will do nothing to help protect the environment unless it works to his advantage.

Should I go on or are these points enough to start rethinking your apathy?

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