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 … More Philippine politics: A family business

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 … More Uphold democracy