Tag: federal-parliamentary reform

The Philippines Can’t Curtail Corruption Without Replacing a Corruption Prone Political System

Transparency International recently released the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index which ranks the nations of the world by widely held perceptions regarding corruption in the public sector. Of note is the fact that the top ten nations and beyond all have parliamentary political systems while the bottom ten and beyond each […]

There Are Many Models of Democracy But The 1987 Constitution Has Given The Philippines a Fake Democracy

Democracy is taken from the ancient Greek word δημοκρατία (dēmokratía) which simply means rule of the people. In order to facilitate this, many different systems have been implemented over the years. Among the most democratic systems ever to be employed was the years with varying degrees of pragmatic success and varying […]

All of Duterte’s Hardships Are Caused by a Failed Political System That Ties His Hands

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has just issued a threat to those who seek to use their political power, wealth and ability to obstruct attempts at good governance with the threat of “revolutionary war”. During a recent speech in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Duterte lashed out at those hindering progress in […]

Duterte Has Delivered a Parliamentary System to The New Bangsamoro Region – He Must Now do The Same For The Philippines as a Whole

Today, President Rodrigo Duterte officially swore in Moro (Philippine Muslim) leaders who will run the new parliament in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), that was officially created as a result of last month’s regional plebiscite. The Bangsamoro Transition Authority will act as the region’s appointed parliament until […]

Duterte is The Anti-Dictator – But Small Minds Cannot Separate Rhetoric From Reality

There exists a tremendous information deficit, as well as a context deficit among those who frequently lambaste the democratically elected and consistently popular President Rodrigo Duterte of The Philippines as a “dictator”. In order to be a dictator one typically attains power through force or manipulation, one rules by decree […]

Lack of Public Outrage Over US Navy Officer’s Insult to Philippine Dignity Says a Lot About a Broken Political System

A US Naval officer by the name of Travis W. Zettel has been fired from his command of Los Angeles class submarine USS Bremerton after reports emerged that while stationed in The Philippines, he hired multiple prostitutes to entertain himself and members of his crew. But while Zettel has clearly brought his own […]