Maturing Democracy: A Student's Point of View

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As a teen citizen, I don’t really pay much attention to our country’s troubles. Only when it concerns me as a student, do I focus my thoughts on our government’s glitches. I, in fact, have no problems having Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the Philippine’s president so long as her judgments don’t hinder me from going to school or stop me from doing the things I love to do as a teenager. But I am also, though indirectly, affected by the country’s predicament. I am affected in some respect even if I do not take much notice of it or pay close attention to it. I am still a Filipino citizen nonetheless and whatever issues and concerns this country has, I am a part of it. So, why then, as a student, should I let my voice be heard? The state’s problem affects me and I feel its sting in my life. I can still remember the coup attempt last November 29 by the Magdalos, led by Senator-elect Antonio Trillanes, at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City. All businesses and activities were at a stand still, especially at the Manila Peninsula, as Ayala and Makati Avenues were closed off to both foot and vehicular traffic as military tanks blocked any means of escape from the Pen. And even while the rebels trooped their way to the Pen, national media coverage was unwavering, despite the obvious threat to life, limb and work. Some politicians, private individuals and prominent religious figures also risked their names, lives and reputation in their effort to support Trillanes’ cause. In schools, offices, malls and homes, ordinary citizens have their own opinions on the purpose and execution of this so-called “mini” rebellion. Suffice it to say, people are talking and thinking, an exercise that proves that the Filipino people is finally metamorphosing to a maturing democracy. But what is democracy? Democracy describes a form of government and a political philosophy
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