Philippine politics: A family business

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 of … More Philippine politics: A family business

The Philippines – Where we are and what we need

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 our … More The Philippines – Where we are and what we need

Uphold democracy

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 “the … More Uphold democracy