Arroyo: Best President that the Philippine has ever known?
Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Finnishes her term as president next year, she is not allowed to be reelected as per the countries constitution.
Her life as per Wikipedia on line encyclopedia .. (there may be arguments on its validity please do not hold me responsible).
My view as a British Ex-Pat living in the Philippines.
I have a feeling that many Filipino's are really frustrated at the lack of reform. Nothing really seems to done to eradicate poverty and what actions that are taken are tokens only that being the limit of funds spent on the problem it can never be enough.
I feel that who ever is, was or is going to be the leader of this country will always be blamed for bad governance. The problem being is that since the independence of the Philippines from USA. Crooks and corrupt people and families took over the reigns of national and local government.
They have like elsewhere in the world of governance created a system where its hard for the good guys to get into the doorways of power. It said that “The voters of any country deserver’s the government they elect”. But that saying is really flawed as when most of the candidates are corrupt; because they have money and crooked backers the voter’s have very little choice when they vote.
Because the politicians scream out loud the word “CORRUPTION” at anyone that oppose them in achieving their corrupt aims its hard to tell who is not corrupt. The higher the position a person has in government the louder the call of corruption. This leads to a big problem that if a person that is not corrupt actually achieves being the president they have to deal with a corrupt administration and the mud sling of corruption taunts from those that oppose them.
It would be very hard to stop the corruption as whom can you trust, in fact somewhere a long the line you the president may have to out smart the corrupt and that may mean using corrupt methods.
I would for interest state if I was a president that was not really a corrupt person I would try to get the governing system changed to a parliamentary system that would allow the middle class and poor to become politicians and take the power away from the corrupt political clans. GMA has tried to do this and it makes me wonder? Could it be that she is the first president that really wants to eradicate the corruption, give power to the non elitist. Thus rid the country of its corrupt politicians, by opening a door to those that really care about the Philippines. That will show patriotism and a drive for social reforms plus safe guard reforms, against corruption, from top to the bottom of Filipino governance system.
If she is opening a real pathway to better governance, that stamps out corruption and eradicates poverty. Then there is every possibility that she, will be on record as being the best president in Filipino history.
However this factor could go un-noticed because of the slurs of that word “CORRUPTION” that is flung luck mud at non-corrupt as well as the corrupt normally by the very corrupt.
The status quo required by the elite will remain while the elite is in power and the educated middle class and the poorer citizens are not allowed easier access to government positions due to political family empires. In the case of entering the world of politics, a parliamentary system is better. That does not insist on great amounts of money to obtain a seat or corruption. But just a small amount of money as a deposit that can only be lost if one does not receive a minimum number of votes in UK it 1000 votes.
Political parties raise cash from party member’s subscriptions to pay to advertise the manifesto.