Democracy In The Philippines

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Democracy in the Philippines After 1986 when President Ferdinand Marcos was forced out of office, the Philippines began to transition towards a true democracy. The Marcos dictatorship led rise to revolts and citizen alliances through the election of a new head of state. With officials being elected in and out of office, the Philippines faced and still faces problems with corruption along with a structured and clear democracy today. It wasn’t until recent President Benigno Aquino (2010-2016), the Philippines reached one of the highest economic growth rates in Southeast Asia in modern history. The time between the Marcos and Aquino era, the Philippines faced corruption, issues with the rule of law, and economic hardships. Launching an honest campaign against corruption, President Aquino’s work led to continued growth in the Philippines. Today, under the leadership of President Duterte, the Philippines falls back into a cycle of an abuse of power, illegalities, and unfair and unclear government structures. Although there was a period of time where the Philippines seemed to be heading in the right direction, the current issues of today hinders the progress that the country has made toward a system of democracy. The ongoing state of corruption and weak rule of law in the Philippines delays the country from consolidating a true and fair democracy. What makes a democracy a democracy? Democracies must provide citizens with protections, freedoms, and opportunities. There is a
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