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Kathrine RamosPhilippine politics and Governance12-H.U.M.S.SRobert NorteDemocracyinthePhilippinesPoliticsisaveryinterestingtopicespeciallyinourcountry.Someofourgenerationtodaydon’thaveinterestinthis.Politicshaveaverywidetopictochoose.I chosedemocracyasmytermpapertopic becauseitisverypopularandverytimelyinourcountry.DemocracywasexerciseinearlyancientGreecealsoknownas“Theruleofpeople”wherethepowerwasgiveninthehandsofthepeopleto choosewhotheythinkisrightfulto leadthem. IpersonallychosemytopicbecauseasIcansee,democracyisthebigandmajorprobleminourcountry.Iobservedandlistentothe newsandsawthepeopleprotestingandcomplainingtoeveryleadertheyhavechosentolead.Howcometheyareprotestingwhenthey choosethesepeopletoleadus?Isreallydemocracyhelpingusor isitgivingusmoreproblem?
Background of democracy:Democracy, literally, rule by the people. The term is derived from the Greekdēmokratiā,which was coined fromdēmos(“people”) andkratos(“rule”) in the middle of the 5th century BCE todenote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens. Since the timeof the ancient Greeks, both the theory and the practice of democracy have undergone profoundchanges. Thus, for thousands of years the kind of association in which democracy was practiced,the tribe or the city-state, was small enough to be suitable for some form of democracy byassembly, or “direct democracy.” Much later, beginning in the 18th century, as the typicalassociation became the nation-state or country, direct democracy gave way to representativedemocracy—a transformation so sweeping that, from the perspective of a citizen of ancient Athens,the governments of gigantic associations such as France or the United States might not haveappeared democratic at all. This change in turn entailed a new answer to question 3:Representative democracy would require a set of political institutions radically different from thoseof all earlier democracies. Although it is tempting to assume that democracy was created in oneparticular place and time—most often identified as Greece about the year 500 BCE—evidencesuggests that democratic government, in a broad sense, existed in several areas of the world wellbefore the turn of the 5th century.”Democracy in the Philippines:It is plausible to assume that democracy in one form or another arises naturally in anywell-bounded group, such as a tribe, if the group is sufficiently independent of control by outsiders2
to permit members to run their own affairs and if a substantial number of members, such as tribalelders, consider themselves about equally qualified to participate in decisions about matters ofconcern to the group as a whole. This assumption has been supported by studies of nonliteratetribal societies, which suggest that democratic government existed among many tribal groups

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