Do Filipinos Deserve Democracy?

Posted on July 30, 2005 - 10:38pm :: Editorial
Nicanor Perlas 31 July 2005 The streets are quiet. The blaring of bull horns is gone for the moment. The street "parliamentarians" are waiting for the next opportune time to launch another round of mass protests. Only the fasters and prayer "warriors" of PAG-ASA (Peoples Assembly for Genuine Alternatives to Social Apathy) are continually visible at the People Power Monument as they quietly stir the conscience of the nation. Their prayer, fasting, and action for the renewal of democracy have now continued, without break, for 21 days. Meanwhile, Congress is starting to debate the fate of the impeachment complaint filed against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA), who many think cheated in the 2004 elections for the President of the Philippines. Amidst all these, the vast majority of Filipinos still have to make up their minds about the future of the Philippines. As indifference and apathy slowly creeps in to replace indecision, one question looms large. Do Filipinos deserve democracy?