Here are the comparative stats for India and the Philippines:
Nominal GDP - $2,041 Billion
Population - 1,277 Million
Per Capita GDP - $1,598
Defense Budget - $40.7 Billion
Poverty Level - 29.8%
Poor Headcount - 380,546,000
Nominal GDP - $330 Billion
Population - 101 Million
Per Capita GDP - $3,267
Defense Budget - $3.8 Billion
Poverty Level - 25.2%
Poor Headcount - 25,452,000
Here are the interpretations of the above stats:
1. The living conditions of the average Indian is much worse than the average Filipino.
2. At about 381 Million, the number of poor people in India is almost 4X the total population of the Philippines.
3. Percentage-wise, the poverty level in India is also higher than in the Philippines.
4. Despite her not-so-rosy economic conditions, India managed to come up with a Defense Budget of about $41 Billion. And this level of defense spending enabled her to invest in aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, satellites, and nukes.
5. Just like the Philippines, India is also a Democracy.
Poverty and lack of money is not the main cause of the laughable state of the Philippine Military.
The Filipino Poor is just being used as a convenient bleeding-heart excuse.
The main causes are:
1. lack of Political Will; and
2. in the case of the Duterte Administration... Fear.
Fear of offending their Communist Chinese Masters.