QUESTION: Sir John, did Philippines regain Democracy after EDSA 1 People Power?
ANSWER: No it didn't. There was just a transfer of power from one oligarch to another oligarch. The Philippines Democracy is FAKE because it is only exclusive among oligarchs/plutocrats. The evidence of Democracy is a scenario when there is negligible/correctible number of people who are unsatisfied with their economic status.
When you see a triangular shaped distribution of economic happiness, with few happy and mostly sad, then the shape of society shows no evidence of an empowered democracy. I believe there is no democracy in Philippines, unless you can convince me that majority, if not most, of the people in Philippines want to be economically sad.
QUESTION: Sir John, how do you describe the Declaration of Independence of the Philippines?
ANSWER: There is no difference between bondage by a foreign nation and bondage by the oligarchs of your own country. The Philippines declared Independence in a fancy media hype manner, but their people are still in the bondage of oppression, injustice, poverty, manipulative control of Oligarchy and Plutocracy.
In Facebook, I noticed a general pattern that most Filipino political activists use pseudonames and profile photos that conceals their identity. It means that Philippines is not yet tolerant to vibrant democracy because people complaining against their government are still afraid of govt retaliation and persecution.