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 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