The Political Environment of the Philippines

1001 WordsOct 8, 19995 Pages
The Political Environment of the Philippines Historical Facts: The Philippines overcame many obstacles in history that reshaped the political environment of modern times. The Philippine islands have a strong Spanish influence. Records in history date back to 1521 where Ferdinand Magellan colonized the islands in the name of Charles I of Spain. The Spanish objectives focused Philippine society toward the spread of Christianity, colonization in the name of Spain, and acquiring key positions in the spice trade from Asia. Spanish settlers later realized that the P.I. did not have precious spices or gold minerals. Profits from the colonies were going to come from agricultural resources only. Agricultural resources such as corn and…show more content…
During 1987, the constitution was again ratified and bicameral legislation was enacted. This "Freedom Constitution" that now presides restored democracy and is abide by all citizens of the nation. The current administration of Fidel Ramos proposed changes to restructure Philippine society. Ramos proposed to decentralize, deregulate, and develop current Filipino social structure. Because of the restructuring proposals along with a strong democratic foundation the government is very stable. The Role of Government The administration of government fully supports free enterprise and capitalism. Individuals and non-governmental entities are free to participate in development and management of business', sometimes with the aid of the Philippine government. The government aid assists private / public sector by exempting certain taxes along with raising the availability of loans to individuals for certain periods of time. The nominal taxation along with availability of loans makes it easy to start new businesses. These programs are mainly targeted to technological and agricultural industries. This provides immediate potential for economic development in the nation. The legal system of the Philippines Spanish and Anglo-American law heavily influences the judicial system of the Philippines. The legal system is predominantly ruled by civil law. The Spanish influenced many civil code procedures on family and personal
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