Opinion: Islands of Depressed Democracy

Even before the May 2016 National Elections would happen, many people showed utmost desire to run for presidency and change the Philippine society. Different people from all walks of life conveyed interest in filing their Certificates of Candidacy or COCs. They came from all corners, avenues, and streets of both life and society. But, what they have in common is the goal of changing the system and curing the cancers of the Philippines. Anyone can run for the position so long as they meet the requirements and standards of the constitution. With proper filtration of the authorities, they are carefully chosen to run for the most prestigious yet holds a heavy responsibility position. But all these – people coming from anywhere who wish to run for presidency – are a manifestation of how thirsty the Filipino people when it comes for change, growth, and freedom.

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People are always in the process of a never-ending longing for freedom. You give them the half of something and they will always want the other half in order to gain a whole. In the Philippines, a country where some laws are not implemented as supreme, criminals can steal, rape, abuse, and kill other people in ease. They are not afraid of the laws and its consequences. Democracy is actually good but the problem in the Philippines is the branding, type, and practice of democracy it has. Satirically, people are free to experience famine, poverty, and death without justice. These are all signs and manifestations of democratic depression. Filipinos want change and they need change. Filipinos are democratic but they need to break the chains of false freedom.

There’s nothing wrong with being hopeful for a better tomorrow for the Philippines and its citizens. It is about time that the country must experience satisfying transformation and in order to do this Filipinos must be freed from the constrictions of false freedom. Their eyes must be opened through proper and quality education. Education that will not only benefit and satisfy them as students but as well as productive members of the Philippine society who challenge himself and his countrymen to fight for what they deserve. Their minds must be enlightened with how their surroundings are moving and transforming either for good or for bad. They must work hand-in-hand in order to critically address the problems of the country. Change, development, and growth do not solely depend on the government. Ending this democratic depression requires collaborative efforts of the Filipino people. One heart, one mind, and one nation in ending this serious case of the Philippines.