democracy in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on democracy in the Philippines


[OPINION] The media is important for a vibrant democracy

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:23 PM

'By threatening to shut down the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, and ABS-CBN, Duterte is trying to discourage any discussions that do not fall in line with his views'

[OPINION] Martial law 'a tool to save democracy'? A response to Panelo's claims

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:20 PM

The more I read Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo's statements, the more they come off as insults to the victims and survivors of Martial Law. Panelo justifies both the butcher and his knife.

IBP president: We have more democratic space now

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:07 PM

'With technology and the reality that we have more democratic space, the less afraid we should be,' says IBP national president Domingo Egon Cayosa

IBP PRESIDENT. Domingo "Egon" Cayosa is the national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Photo by Rappler

[OPINION] Last chance

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:00 PM

In order to protect our Constitution and sovereignty, we need to keep the strength and independence of our Senate; and the Senate is only as strong and independent as its opposition bloc. If the opposition falls, so does our democracy.

84% of Filipinos satisfied with how democracy works – SWS

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:11 AM

The September 2018 Social Weather Stations Survey also says 59% of Filipinos believe 'democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government'

DEMOCRACY. A majority of Filipinos are satisfied with how democracy works in the country, the latest Social Weather Stations survey said. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

78% of Filipinos satisfied with how democracy works – SWS

Jun 12, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The March 2018 Social Weather Stations survey released more than two months later on Independence Day also shows that 60% or 3 out of 5 Filipinos believe 'democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government'

INDEPENDENCE DAY. A man helps keep the Philippine flag from hitting the ground during the Independence Day celebration in Manila on June 12, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] The party’s over

Dec 18, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It’s time to stop wishing for a single, hardball opportunity to end this state of abuse. 2018 is yours – and ours – to fix.

[OPINION] Why democracy's not a constraint to infrastructure, development

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:20 AM

In authoritarian regimes, infrastructure projects are subject to large commissions, bribes, and kickbacks, and this often compromises their quantity and quality

Human rights and the liberal agenda

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:46 AM

There is no such thing as a democracy that applies the rule of law in some instances and not in others We must fight for human rights for everyone regardless and in all instances regardless

What you didn’t know: Pro-Marcos propaganda too hip for its own good

Jun 02, 2016 - 12:05 PM

To the pseudo hipsters and contrarians knowing bad history is not hip; it’s just stupid Wanna be better than others? Read more and read right Because in the end the truth is always sexier

Benedict Anderson and the Philippines’ place in the world

Dec 19, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Ben was glad to have put the Philippines on the global academic map It was his way of giving back to the country he loved

PH needs to involve public in environment decisions – study

May 22, 2015 - 6:02 PM

The Philippines ranks 40th out of 70 countries in an index that scores countries on how well their laws allow citizens to question environmentally critical projects

GREEN CAUSE. Residents and students in Aborlan, Palawan protest a proposed coal plant of DMCI Power Corporation on September 30, 2013. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

Too much freedom

Jun 13, 2014 - 8:31 AM

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

Yolanda Ong

The ghosts of martial law

Sep 21, 2012 - 10:20 AM

Like the Marcoses many other ghosts of martial law come and go or have come back and stayed Outside of their apparently natural habitat they have adjusted sometimes assumed new forms and become as ghoulish loathsome and destructive as before