Rule of Law and Democratic Institutions
Senator Manuel “MAR” Roxas II talks about
how freedom, the rule of law and democracy are essential
to nation building. Without them, a society’s
development will be stunted and poverty will deepen.
However as necessary as these are, it is not enough.
A change of mindset is also needed.
For example, it is not only the Philippine elite
who oppose an objective, rules-based system. The poor
are hesitant as well. They have no confidence that
this will treat them better if not equal to their
present situation. As such, they prefer the safety
net of the padrino (godfather) system.
Empowerment is thus the response to the poor's inclination
for the status quo. People need to invest in the democratic
process to make it work. For that, education is needed.
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