The problem with the Philippines, a place I lived for a time, is that it is full of beggars, and you don’t find that in the US due to the vast safety net.
What is the dark side of a social net? The US is over-medicated, over-obese (no offense to the decently fat), and inhibited toward supporting a family, all leading to family breakdown.
The end scheme of a safety net by the elites is slaughter because they don’t like the common people anyway.
In this case, pick your poison. A place like the Philippines is full of no love from the government, while the US has a government that loves its people, but it’s all a scheme/trap.