I beg to differ with Godofredo Peteza’s views on politicians as “a basic foundation of democratic institutions” (“Pols needed, but political dynasties ruin democracy,” Letters, 10/15/14).
By Chris Patten
Hong Kong’s democracy movement has gained admiration worldwide. The principles, decency and behavior of its youthful vanguard inspire confidence in the qualities of the generation that one day will run the great city. That said, it is time to move on to a sensible endgame.
By Christopher Ryan Maboloc
Modern democracy is theoretically procedural rather than substantial.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Since Sept. 21 (the 42nd anniversary of the imposition of Marcos’ deadly martial rule) the Inquirer has been running stories about that terrifying era (1972-1986) that saw the death of democracy and the killing, disappearance, detention and suffering of tens of thousands of Filipinos. Unrestrained evil, I call it, and today’s young Filipinos ought to know about it.
By Amando Doronila
The 31st anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on Aug. 21 highlighted the glaring departures of President Aquino from the democratic legacies of his martyred father and late mother.