Thursday, January 24, 2008

Not all elections symbolize democracy

Medyo pumalpak na naman si Toting Bunye. In a statement with regards the downgrade given to the Philippines by the New York-based Freedom House he said: Our people know best. We held elections last year and many potential candidates have been preparing for the 2010 elections even this early. These are examples of the vibrancy of our democracy.

The communist parties in China and the former USSR are used to holding elections. And almost before every elections, potential candidates also prepare. Pero democratic nga ba ang mga ito? Even the most dictatorial governments in the world also claim to hold elections. Democratic din ba ang mga ito?

In simple terms, elections do not always symbolize democracy. In 2004 we've had elections. And there were questions of legitimacy of the winning president as well as the vice president -- questions which were buried in technicalities. Shall we also say democratic din ito?

Or pinaka-simple: Can we call the Philippines a democratic country when it shun its eyes and ears to the voices of its critics? For instance, Raul Gonzales, in his capacity as the Secretary of the Department of Justice, has been calling the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Freedom House to jump in the river and the Pacific Ocean, respectively, for giving negative ratings to the Philippines. Is this fair and democratic enough? The fact na binabato pa ng mga akusasyon ang mga kritiko ng gobyerno instead of taking their ideas in and incorporating the same to further improve the system of administration, is a clear indication of how undemocratic the Philippines is.

Sabagay, ang mga isda nabibingwit sa sarili nilang mga bibig.

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