By Prince Golez
Democracy is “very much alive” in the Philippines despite dropping one notch in the recent democracy report by a London-based think tank, Malacañang said Thursday.
In its Democracy Index 2020, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the Philippines 55th out of 167 countries, putting it under the “flawed democracy” category.
Even if the country slipped one place, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the country is still ahead of almost all the major countries in Southeast Asia.
“Hindi po ‘yan major slip. Kung titignan natin ang datos, naunahan po tayo ng Taiwan, Malaysia at Timor Leste. Pero we are ahead of Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos,” Roque said in a virtual presser.
“We will strive to do better… Our democratic institutions are working, we have an independent judiciary, an independent legislative department, and, of course, an executive department that is always a victim of criticisms,” he concluded.