Rappler's latest stories on Philippine democracy
When the protector becomes the predator, where do you run?
Legal experts, civil society organizations, and sectoral groups gather in an international forum to talk about 'lawfare'
'2020 should be the time for action, and should be a time for reflection that leads to very concrete steps,' says Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria
At a forum on lawfare at De La Salle University, former UP law dean Pacifico Agabin says the law 'is always double-bladed, it can be used for good and it can be used for evil'
We will talk to Antonio La Viña to understand 'lawfare' – the perversion of the law and its weaponization as a tool to silence dissent
Isang bagay ang sigurado: mukhang mahaba pa ang gabi
Rappler talks to political analyst Doy Romero about fears of a less independent Senate after the May 13 elections
We must ensure that more Defenders of Democracy are voted into office this year, and that the elections are free, clean, and peaceful. And that is a fight that is in the hands of the Filipino youth, Filipino parents, and all freedom-loving citizens.
Attacks against democratic values and unforeseen events situate the Philippines in much lower rankings than the previous year in several areas
Vice President Leni Robredo says in a speech in Washington DC: 'Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will step down from their pedestal and walk with the last, the least, and the lost'
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'We live today in a world of turmoil and uncertainty. All human institutions are at risk, our democracy, our family, our national sovereignty,' Dee said during his speech at this year's Ramon Magysaysay Foundation awarding ceremony.
Alam kong takot na takot kang ipaglaban kung ano naman ang dapat sa iyo. Pero andito lang ako, anak.
Indeed, China is emerging as the Duterte regime’s ultimate patron – as investor, infrastructure builder, labor and material supplier, and money lender – in a modern-day sort of colonial arrangement
Of course, we've only had a go at it twice. But with the untold losses we've suffered with each failure, how can we afford another?
These protests seek to condemn the recent attacks of President Rodrigo Duterte on press freedom
A compromised democracy results from arbitrary laws that define what is right and just according to standards of the ruling thugs
The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2017 also says President Rodrigo Duterte's continued attacks on media have worsened the press freedom situation in the Philippines
Silence is the desire of a dictatorial state that pretends to be democratic. It hides behind the tyranny of opinion, the popularity of a charismatic figure, and the spirit of unyielding legalism.
With a Filipino population of some 50 million under the age of 24, the nation’s decision-makers simply cannot afford to neglect the employment, education, and social needs of this enormous constituency
In authoritarian regimes, infrastructure projects are subject to large commissions, bribes, and kickbacks, and this often compromises their quantity and quality
Deviancy in fact characterizes the policies and workings of the Duterte government
We are already seeing our institutions being eroded We must move swiftly and effectively to ensure that they are strong enough for our children s children says Vice President Leni Robredo
Perhaps it’s best to remember EDSA 1 not as one great wholesale victory for democracy but rather as a testament to the fragile nature of democracy
2016 was the year of saying what we don’t like about each other 2017 must be the year of debating our vision for the future
According to Amnesty International President Rodrigo Duterte s commitment to uphold the rule of law is like a breath of fresh air
UPDATED The spontaneous engagement of supporters and followers of Duterte has evolved into a political machinery that could be the envy of progressive movements
His life stands as a reproach to all those who would put personal gain ahead of public service; who would lower the standards of public discourse; and who would sacrifice human rights and the rule of law either for personal or partisan advantage says Malacañang
Political scientist Aries Arugay proposes 5 political reforms that could improve the quality of institutions and Philippine democracy – among them election of a straight ticket
Unless we do things differently there is no way for us to salvage our democracy
Dynastic politics is the curse of this nation and an intelligent president whose interest is the nation should support the Anti Dynasty Bill in order to destroy all the stranglehold of the elite in Philippine democracy
In the end it’s the people who make the system work or fail And the people only become more discerning if they are taught how to be more discerning
Despite the similarities between the current events in Egypt and the People Power protests in the Philippines there are significant structural differences between the two countries
if we merely blame those who elected incompetent leaders how different would we be from the politicians who rant and complain about being cheated?