Sternberg, David T.
April 1966
Foreign Affairs;Apr1966, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p501
Academic Journal
The article presents an overview of political developments in the Philippines. The Philippine Republic started the New Year, its twentieth as a sovereign nation, with a new President, Ferdinand Marcos. The foreign observers are tempted to take this assessment, substantiate it with confirmatory interviews and statistics, and summarize it in the conceptual shorthand of modern journalism. According to them, what must be borne in mind is that Marcos' view is that of a Filipino aware of his nation's aspirations and potential, impatient with its shortfalls, and charged with the leadership function of galvanizing his people into action. The interested foreign observer, particularly the American, wants and needs quite a different perspective, one which views the nation in its several dimensions and relates it to place and time. He seeks trends revealed by the past to illumine prospects for the future. It is further added that the mechanics of the democratic process have shown steady improvement. In fact, the diversified pattern of selection in the last election shows intriguing evidence that Western forms of the democratic process are being ingeniously adapted by the Filipino to accommodate the intricate interplay of his traditional society.


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