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Jhuneil Antipala

Declaration of Principles and State Policies
SECTION 1. The Philippines is a democratic and republican State. Sovereignty resides in the people and
all government authority emanates from them.
SECTION 26. The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit
political dynasties as may be defined by law.
Democracy Definition:
According to political scientist Larry Diamond, it consists of four key elements:
1. A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections.
2. The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life.
3. Protection of the human rights of all citizens.
4. A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.
Bill of Rights
SECTION 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall
any person be denied the equal protection of the laws.
Social Justice and Human Rights
SECTION 1. The Congress shall give highest priority to the enactment of measures that protect and
enhance the right of all the people to human dignity, reduce social, economic, and political inequalities,
and remove cultural inequities by equitably diffusing wealth and political power for the common good.
Personal Opinion:
It will be unjust to assume that a family member will be the same as their other family member. Each
person has their own personality and is distinct from every individual. It must be noted that every time a
new government officer steps into office he starts with little or no knowledge in what service is required
of him. I may be beneficial to have a politician which is taught by a person with a first-hand experience
in public service who is a family member.

Jhuneil Antipala
Feeling ko lang makakatulong to:
The Imee Marcos example.
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos has reported a 16.7 percent growth in the provinces economy, which she
claimed as a record high compared to the growth rate of the country.
In his 4th State of the Provincial Address (SOPA), the governor highlighted the provincial governments
accomplishments that led to the economic growth of the northern province.
Citing the regional and national growth performance for the period of 2013-2014 by the Regional
Development Council, Marcos said Ilocos Norte recorded a 16.7 percent economic growth, as compared
to 5.7 percent regional growth and 6.13 percent nationally.
Today, ours is a strong transitional economy, growing rapidly at 16.7%. With better-planned education,
improving public health and social services, our human development index remains high, Marcos said.
She attributed the progress of Ilocos Norte to its social capital: the great Ilocano network of families,
barangays and communities.
According to the governor, direct foreign investments in wind power contributed much to the rapidly
growing economy of the Ilocos region.
In November last year, a total of 412.9 megawatt wind energy went online as wind farms from Burgos,
Bangui and Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte commence operation.
Soon, another solar project, aside from the expansion of the Burgos Solar Project phase 2, is expected to
supplement the seasonal wind supply of October to March 2016, Marcos said.
Marcos pointed out that from a rising poverty rate in the province which is 24 percent in 1990 to 28
percent in 2010, poverty incidence in Ilocos Norte significantly dropped to 8.4 percent in 2015.
Possible Arguments:
1) The principles of a democratic government would be violated.
2) Equal access will be violated.
3) Does being in the same family tantamount to being the same as the family member, assuming that
person is corrupt, that he succeeded?
4) Due process will be violated since there are other means to achieve the same goal like government
funded and limited election campaigns.
5) Enacting such bill would cause more inequality.