The Philippines is already massively disadvantaged by protectionist trade policies that prevent modern technology from reaching the people who need it.
If nobody can speak (or read) English properly, they're also cut off from knowledge about that technology, so the Philippines can't even develop local equivalents. Assuming they could be bothered. And assuming there were anyone smart and educated enough to do so. Thus the Philippines will wallow forever in the stone age.
Of course, that might be precisely what the politicians intend. People who are uneducated have no means to learn anything about the outside world are more likely to be contented with their country's "racket programme".
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