Why Are Filipinos poor?

One could also ask, why are so many Filipinos rich? I have come here to escape European winters now for around 40 years. The middle class has expanded by 10 or 20 times in that period. Good new cars create the world’s greatest traffic jams. Dealers in Porsche, Aston Marin, Rolls, Lamborghini, BMW, Audi, Lexus…