Parliamentary vs Presidential, Which is Better for the Philippines?

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The parliamentary system is a system of democratic governance wherein the executive and legislative branches of the government are intertwined and are lead collectively by a Prime Minister who must have been proven to be competent and capable, as chosen among his party members. However, the Philippines is currently under the presidential system, also a system of democratic but republican governance, which is led this time by a president, and wherein there is a separation of powers between the executive and the legislative. In the presidential system, people have the collective power to vote for the president. On one hand, the similarities between the two systems can be summed up in one word: democracy. This entails the basic standards of …show more content…
The parliamentary system is a system of democratic governance wherein the executive and legislative branches of the government are intertwined and are lead collectively by a Prime Minister who must have been proven to be competent and capable, as chosen among his party members. However, the Philippines is currently under the presidential system, also a system of democratic but republican governance, which is led this time by a president, and wherein there is a separation of powers between the executive and the legislative. In the presidential system, people have the collective power to vote for the president. On one hand, the similarities between the two systems can be summed up in one word: democracy. This entails the basic standards of freedom of expression, competitive elections that determines who will hold political power, and certain limits on the execution of power or authority (16). Of course, however, the systems also have their differences. To begin with, parliamentary systems are decisive while presidential systems are resolute. Parliamentary fosters a style of politics and policymaking that is probably more institutionalized, centered on its political parties, while presidentialism fosters a more personalized and free-floating style of leadership, centered on individual politicians and smaller, less established organizational entities (17).
Teodoro C. Benigno once wrote in his column in The Philippine Star: “I have that dread feeling that indecent rush to
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