By Diogenes C. Dy, University of the Philippines Diliman In this millennial era, social media plays a huge part in our voting behavior. I had my share in defending my preferred candidates over other people via social media. Quarrels with friends even happened. When we vote, we should refer to correct information. With the … More Vote well, build our nation
By Kay Fernandez, High School Teacher As a teacher, I believe that the world is one giant classroom. And it would be a much better place if all the students paid attention to what’s happening in the class. One of my favorite teaching moments happened around the time of the controversial Marcos Burial (in … More Of pop quizzes and cringe-worthy apologies: The cost of not paying attention to history’s lessons
By Maria Elize H. Mendoza, BA Political Science alumna, University of the Philippines Diliman In the May 2016 elections, 16 million Filipinos elected Davao City mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte (“Digong”) as President. Duterte served as Davao City vice-mayor from 1986-1988, mayor for seven terms from 1988 to 2013 (interrupted briefly due to term limits), … More Duterte’s “strong” political will?
By Aileen Sabater, BS Tourism student, University of the Philippines Diliman The less fortunate is the most susceptible to vote buying. Vote buying hinders the democratic progress in the Philippines, but can we actually blame the poor for selling their votes? The poor, who makes up majority of the Filipino voters, has always been blamed … More Poverty leads to vote buying
By Adrian Emmanuelle Uy, Bachelor of Business and Commerce student, The University of Western Sydney Did you know that politicians in Australia knock door-to-door and campaign for themselves without using jingles and local personalities even at the Federal level of government? In fact, there is no “showbiz” at all in Australia! No gossip, irrelevant … More It’s a trap!
By Adrian Emmanuelle Uy, Bachelor of Business and Commerce student, The University of Western Sydney They say education is the sure-fire way to breed wise voters, and I may have to agree with this notion to some extent. While education gives voters some sort of sophistication and better rationale, some privileged Filipino kids or … More You are educated? So what!
By Adrian Emmanuelle Uy, Bachelor of Business and Commerce student, The University of Western Sydney Culture is the main driving factor that influences our voting behavior. Believe it or not, the Philippines – a showbiz-loving country – nearly elected an action movie star without prior public service experience and higher educational attainment to the … More Aren’t we just fond of our sympathetic and fun-loving culture
By Reg, BA Political Science student, University of the Philippines Diliman Political dynasties are remnants of the long colonial period and affect the system by hampering effective operations of the system. According to Pareto, “History is the graveyard of aristocracies.” Filipinos give great importance to kinship. A Filipino family is characterized by the closeness … More Philippine politics: A family business
By Ryan, BA Political Science student, University of the Philippines Diliman The Philippines is the oldest democracy in Asia. Yet, it is hardly the most developed and most mature. Many factors contribute to the weakness of our democracy that once deposed a dictator but recently elected a strongman for his authoritarian platform. Several factors influence … More The Philippines – Where we are and what we need
By Eileen, Master in Public Policy student, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore The long and painful sufferings of the Philippines from colonial powers and dictatorship have influenced the Filipinos to embrace and uphold democracy. We, Filipinos, often quote Abraham Lincoln to make sense of “democracy” – it is … More Uphold democracy