What may be beautiful for one may not be beautiful for another, thus, beauty is always subjective and is determined by whoever is looking.
Competition for power remains confined among the elites and political dynasties at the expense of the marginalized poor. Does this reneder Philippine democracy hopeless?
Is it a fading cause for those who want to change the status quo? Technically, it had all the prescribed democratic institutions in place, such as the congress and mechanisms for popular participation, from the national down to local levels.
Free elections have been the mode for selecting government leaders since This was a period of democratic high in the Philippines that soon inspired other nonviolent revolutions in the region and in Latin America. The oldest democracy in Southeast East Asia is indeed impaired.
Continuity and Change in Philippine Politics: This claim still holds.
A quick glance at development indicators shows that Socio-economic inequality remains a major issue and taxpayers wonder where their contributions go: First, street protests in the metropolis are rendered ineffectual, if not harmful. By the time Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was suspected of electoral fraud, questioning her legitimacy to rule, the majority of the Filipinos had lost the vitality to participate, or even appreciate those who tirelessly protested on the streets.
Second, elections have become an apparatus for extracting political power from the voters. Previously ousted leaders or their family members, like Imelda Marcos and her son, as well as Estrada and Arroyo, hold significant government positions.
The number of incidences of vote-buying and electoral violence increased, raising doubts about the efficacy of elections to keep dominant political groups and clans in check. With the majority being thus exploited with only a number in control, our elections are nothing short of a mockery of democracy.
Finally, the social media highway certainly provides a quick route to awareness and whipping up a crowd. Some would argue that the Filipinos have found in cyberspace a new alternative to the streets.
Here, attacking a corrupt politician to glorifying a celebrity virgin bride is made easier. Political participation becomes an act of indiscriminate knowing and compulsive reaction. It puts a new twist to an old Marxist motto: All netizens unite separately in our own homes, we have nothing to lose but 5GB of our data!
Whether a pithy message means anything more than a string of ones and zeros remains a big question. In the furious online expression in the Philippines two things transpire: As free as they seem, social media networks are little different to other media forms.
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