Roxas works as a tourist guide in Palawan, an island in the southern part of the Philippinens. He lives with his parents in a little hut with five beds in one room. 86 per cent of the philippines have less income than they need to live a dignified life, as defined by the Philippinian National Statistical Office NCSB. The average age is 22.5 years. President Rodrigo Duderte's rigorous drug policy is attracting attention all over the world.
I know that this is really weird for you as an european. But my people agree with it. 75 per cent voted for president Duderte.
There are always evidences. Believe me, they valuate every case. Moreover they warn the drug dealers. They visit them, offer them to stop with their dirty business. It's up to them. In any way, you have to protect the young people.
What do you mean?
No, you have to be rich and famous.
Never, you can be committed in a party, be smart, be intelligent, but without money you have no chances. 60 per cent of the philippines are poor.
That's true. We call it dynasty. The son follows his father. It goes for generations.
Our president makes a good job.
Hm. I don't know. Well, more money should remain in the provinces. Too much money goes to Manila and there they have no idea of our life.
Are you kidding. Never, no, no, i don't like that. Strange idea. Don't do it.
*Name anonymised. Photo and Interview by Claus Sixt; 17-10-16
Roxas*, 32 years old man of the Philippines, is apolitical. Probably, one reason are the specific philippinian circumstances regarding the involvment of young people in policy.