The Philippines is cannot be easily identified as a nation possessing fragile democracy or strong republic. As the promise of democracy was granted, it does not reassure us a true democratic nation because of the different factors that contributed to its weakening, thus I firmly believe that the Philippines does not have a strong republic because democracy is not on its highest level. The Philippines calls itself a democracy since most of the citizens are able to express their various rights, express their collective decisions, and there is a government in which the power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly, but for me it is just a wasted democracy since not everyone benefits on it. Poor people who constitute the majority of Philippine society are being under the elites who control the democracy they possessed. It started from the time we were colonized by the Spaniards up to the time we achieved the independence with the aid of Americans. The democracy is already in our hands but the continuous insurgencies poisoned the democratic base of the country. Instead of just focusing on the communist groups who wanted to prevail in the country, the government itself is also a problem and one of the proofs are the People Power Revolutions that happened just to overthrow the head of the nation, that is why it is very hard to assume that we have strong democracy since those problems are in front of us at the moment America acquired the independence for us, but I believe that international support is the strength of Philippine democracy but we are so dependent to them that we forgot our own values. We are blinded by Western values and because of that we are easily manipulated and if they helped us, we are already taking into consideration that we have this debt of gratitude to the country that helped us like for instance Japan, America, and Australia gave their helping hands in dealing terrorism in our country.
Philippines has fragile democracy, that is why I cannot say that we have strong republic because just looking in our economy we can already state if we have it or not. In my point of view economy is the strength of the country and given that poverty is very rampant in our country, we cannot say that all of the Filipinos have high standards of living. Many of the Filipinos have no capacity to sustain the food they need every day, and also, not everyone has appropriate jobs to earn money and use it for managing their lives. Another, the word republic stresses the democratic context in which state strength is to be nurtured. Filipinos have chosen democracy, after ousting a dictator in 1986, in the hope that it would guarantee that required public choices will be made responsibly to people’s demands and the requirements of the economy but people in the upper class continued to hamper the progress and most of the politicians involved themselves on corruption, so no matter how hard foreign countries to extend their help to us it will take time for the Philippines to obtain strong republic because it is rooted on the politics and if the political instability will not be resolved, the democracy and the economy will be affected and therefore, it will weakened the Philippine Republic. It is already in our hands, Lapu-Lapu defeated Magellan, many Filipinos suffered in the American-Japanese War, it is a great sacrifice and now our only task is to make the democracy strong to achieve a strong republic. It will not happen if we still do not manage the diversity in our county. We are one nation but we are divided, and yes our government has the responsibility in making reforms to make the democracy well-built in but they cannot do that alone, unity is the solution so that our democracy will be strong and we are entitled to strong republic.-jspj-