Characteristics Of Authoritarianism In The Philippines

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Figure 1 describes the perception of the Filipinos on the authoritarian way of governing a country. As can be seen, the idea that usually goes inside one individual’s mind is that
Authoritarianism means having no equal rights having 33.3% making it the majority in the respondents’ answers. Having fear and violence and making the decision-making of a government faster and efficient ties at third most perceived idea of Authoritarianism with both having 20% from the respondents’ answers. The majority of the answers by the respondents’ are the bad ideas and traits that are stereotypically embedded in the term Authoritarianism. It can be seen that the Filipinos will most probably reject the thought of welcoming a new governing system nor even make an attempt of testing
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The results in Figure 1 state that majority of the Filipino respondents see Authoritarianism as a government system that does not promote equal rights. Therefore, it can be assumed that majority of the Filipinos believe in the bad ideas and traits that are stereotypically embedded in the term Authoritarianism. In relation to this it can be explained through the numerous influences that affect the perspective of the Filipinos as a whole nation. About forty three years ago, the
Philippines experienced the Authoritarian government when the late president Ferdinand Marcos declared Proclamation No. 1081. He pointed out on the lack of discipline of the Philippine society just to give justifications for imposing the Martial Law. According to David (2011), the imposition of Martial Law brought about numerous bad effects on the country and bad perceptions on its people. It brought fear to the whole nation because the soldiers or the policemen could pick up anybody at any given time even on the absence of the warrant of arrest.
A simple protest against the government may bring too much chaos during that time. There
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