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article imageDemocracy thriving in the Philippines says latest poll

By Leo Reyes     Dec 21, 2010 in World
After more than two decades of martial law under former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos who issued proclamation 1081 in 1972 placing the entire country under martial law, the Philippines has been transformed into a vibrant and thriving democracy.
In declaring martial law, Marcos defended his presidential prerogative by stressing the need for extra powers to quell the rising wave of violence allegedly caused by communists. The emergency rule was also intended to eradicate the roots of rebellion and promote a rapid trend for national development.
Today, nearly seven out of ten Filipinos say they are satisfied with the way democracy works in the country, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS).
SWS said satisfaction with the way democracy works in the country was a “disappointing 44 percent” during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, reports.
Nearly six in 10 respondents or 56 percent, meanwhile, said democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government, the survey said.
Twenty seven percent said that “under some circumstances, an authoritarian government can be preferable” while 16 percent said “it does not matter whether we have a democratic or a non-democratic regime.”
SWS said public preferences for democracy and authoritarianism increased; the latter is actually a new record, surpassing the 26 percent peak in March 2006.
The Philippines continues to show signs of progress on both economic and social endeavors under the leadership of president Benigno Aquino III, who succeeded former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Aquino is the only son of former Philippine president Corazon Aquino, who took over the reign of government from former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The current president's mother was credited for restoring democracy in the country.
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