Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

PHILIPPINES-WE NEED A STRONG STATE, NOT A STRONGMAN

PHILIPPINES-WE NEED A STRONG STATE, NOT A STRONGMAN
President Rodrigo Duterte in Vietnam, Sept 2016. Wikimedia Commons

By Richard Heydarian

The Philippine Daily Inquirer-Oct 30

In the immediate years following the collapse of the Marcos regime, Singapore’s outspoken founder-leader Lee Kuan Yew couldn’t hold back his disdain for what he saw as “too much democracy” in places such as the Philippines. In 1992, during the 18th Philippine Business Conference, he confidently lectured his hosts by arguing, “I believe what a country needs to develop is discipline more than democracy.”  The late prime minister’s emphasis on “discipline” over “democracy” has never lost its grip on the Filipino imagination. For some, Lee’s dictum is a perfect justification for authoritarian rule in the Philippines.

Read more: https://opinion.inquirer.net/117099/we-need-a-strong-state-not-a-strongman-2#ixzz5VgRB7baJ

First published in: The Philippine Daily Inquirer

 

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