Democracy in the Philippines
Recently, the Philippines celebrated the first death anniversary of a woman they call “Mother of democracy” in the Philippines last August 01, 2010, which is the late former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, who died of colon cancer last August 01, 2009.
Democracy is define in political science as a form of government that is “for the people, and of the people “wherein the “people rules”. However, there is no such completely form of government anywhere you could find in the world; democracy is often only a part of a privileges in either republic system of government or parliamentary form of government, and even on a monarchy because every form or systems of government today in the world seeks the welfare of their own constituents and there is no form of government that exist today that only seeks the welfare of the ruling government officials only treat their people as mere slaves(except only to those who are really corrupting the funds);though their form of government is republic or parliamentary.
For a pure democratic country will not stand in its own pure democratic ways because anarchism and atrocities will prevail, due to everyone is right in its own ways and thinking and every one will pursues his or her own agendas and moralities, thus, a purely democratic country is just a mere illusion.
In the Philippines, some mediocre thinking Filipinos are fed up with an illusion that after the Marcos Administrations through a woman whom they call “icon of democracy” in the Philippines – which is late former Philippine president Ms. Corazon Aquino, the Philippines has now become purely democratic country; whereas it is not. Actually, the Philippines still remain republic just like the times of Marcos, but what has happened only or have changed after Marcos administration is the increased of freedom of people to do whatever they wanted to do including the relentless and useless killings of everyone against their fellow Filipinos, most especially the media people, though the media people have gain more freedom to express their ideas and thoughts, murderers and killers have gain also more freedom to kill media people. It is a directly proportional freedom.
Moreover, there is also an increase of murder and massacre crimes in the Philippines wherein still today these form of crimes were not yet totally solved though some cases were filed, like the Visconde massacre, the Nida Blanca case, etc.
Though democracy is the primal priority during the Ms. Aquino Administration, ironically, there are also a number of military coup d’ etats and nationwide brownouts or loss of electricity then, that is because everyone have now more freedom to do whatever they wanted to do and to say whatever they wanted to say. But thanks god, the Philippines is still “check and balance” by the republic form of government that it has still today and not yet totally succumb to totally democratic system of government, lest the Philippines will self-annihilate itself.
However, I do not say that democracy is wrong but too much of it could break down the system because of no major consensus of every aspects of life in the Philippines; too much of it could bring disharmony because everyone will be right on his or her own ways. To solve this dilemma and to use effectively the privileges of democracy in the country, the new Philippine president should, yes, create a portals like public forums to bridge and voice out the ideas and wants of every citizens in the country that will discuss and articulate the advantage and disadvantage of every one’s ideas in order to create a major consensus that will bring peace and harmony in the Philippines.