So in the past few days, there’s been an uproar within the Filipino blogosphere about a study that claims Filipinos are gullible. In this study purported to be done by Harvard, they have ranked first in gullibility. And of course, the Filipino bloggers have fallen for it, hook, line and sinker.
The study was done by Harvard Institute of Socio-Political Progression, with the dubious acronym HIS-PP. The instrument used to measure this was called the Gump Index. And, of course, they were ranked #1 behind the Trojans of the 13th Century BC. How they managed to get living Trojans who are that old is beyond me.
Thankfully, some Filipinos are getting the joke. What’s funny, sad and surprising is that so many actually believe it. As a friend of mine sniffed, “Filipinos are less likely to do their research and look at the sources quoting this.” Maybe this explains why so many Filipinos watch Fox News with the crazy conservative Filipina American commentators who parrot the views that their white compatriots believe. (Joke lang, really.)