Monday, October 5, 2015
Women Power in the Philippines
With the recent announcement of the ruling Liberal Party in the Philippines, there seems to be an ongoing trend that the next person to govern and lead the Philippines are going to be WOMEN of action. When the Philippines had its first woman President in the person of the late Corazon Cojuanco Aquino, the widow of the assassinated Marcos opposition senator Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino in the year 1986 most citizen in the country doubted if she could really run a country barely rising from the coup de etat that reinstated her. But President Cory Aquino curbed her critics and run the country for a single term of 6 years from 1986 through 1992. Reinstating the government to democracy following the dictatorship government of Ferdinand Marcos who was exiled in Hawaii after the People Power revolution that toppled him. Aquino restored the country back to socially responsible economic health, confidence and trust in government. Unfortunately, the effect of decades of corruption, plunder and anarchy during the Marcos era has yet to fully turn the Philippine economy into a progressive state like that of other neighboring progressive Asian countries like Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. Even with further successors, including his own son Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino who was currently in service, the Philippines remains to etch its own niche into the economic growth like that of its neighboring countries.
And now, the Philippines will once again vote its new president to lead its government. It seems the women in Philippine politics competes with men ruling and governing the country. After President Cory Aquino, the Philippines was ruled by other presidents one of which was another woman in the person of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who came in succession following the impeachment of President Joseph Estrada in the year 2001 due to plunder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Arroyo as the Vice President elect succeeded Estrada. Arroyo during her term gave pardon to the detained Estrada. Athough Estrada run as President again in the year 2010, he lost to the current President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino. Arroyo was currently detained due to plunder and election sabotage.
With lady presidential aspirant Grace Poe popular in the surveys and the announcement of the ruling political party's lady Vice Presidential candidate Leni Robredo who was the widow of the late Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo and currently representing her home province. The Philippines seems to empower more women into governance. Will the next Philippine President and Vice President be women leaders? Will the power of the people power up these women to lead the Philippines to rise among Asian nations and the world? Who knows? Philippine election is just around the corner and we are just to wait a little more time to see WOMEN POWER in the Philippines.