Philippine Political Thoughts

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PHILIPPINE POLITICAL THOUGHTS
Political Thinkers Ideas are meant not to immortalize history but rather to make sense of it. The manufacture of such ideas is influenced by circumstances that shape it and also, the vital thoughts of their authors. If we are to analyze our history, we could see that ideas are not only important for their interpretation of our history but also for their contribution to changes in our nation. Groundbreaking ideas have moved our nation to change. It is thus valuable for us to recall our own political thinkers. To fully appreciate our nation's existence, it is important for us to trace the evolution of Filipino political thinking. During the time of Spanish colonial rule, Filipino political thinkers
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The principal opposition party was the People's Power Movement-Fight (Lakas Ng Bayan- Laban), led by Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., until his assassination in 1983. This party joined with 11 other opposition parties in 1982 to form a coalition known as the United Nationalist Democratic Organization (UNIDO). Following Aquino's murder, some 50 opposition groups, including the members of the UNIDO coalition, agreed to coordinate their anti-Marcos efforts. This coalition of opposition parties enabled Corazon Aquino to campaign against Marcos in 1986. In September 1986 the revolutionary left formed a legal political party to contest congressional elections. The Partido ng Bayan (Party of the Nation) allied with other left-leaning groups in an Alliance for New Politics. This unsuccessful attempt for electoral representation resulted in a return to guerrilla warfare on the part of the Communists. After assuming the presidency, Aquino formally organized the People's Power Movement (Lakas Ng Bayan), the successor to her late husband's party. In the congressional elections of May 1987, Aquino's popularity gave her party a sweep in the polls, making it the major party in the country. Marcos's KBL was reduced to a minor party. Some of its members formed their own splinter groups, such as the Grand Alliance for Democracy (GAD), a