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'Filipinos Should Not Be Complacent'

Corazon Aquino, former President of Philippines, now heads the Ninoy Aquino Foundation which supports cooperatives worldwide. At her office in Manila, she spoke to Outlook correspondent Ethan Casey about the current situation. Excerpts:

'Filipinos Should Not Be Complacent'
'Filipinos Should Not Be Complacent'
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On whether democracy is secure in the Philippines today: I don't think Filipinos should be complacent about it, or take anything for granted. In order to strengthen democracy, we also have to look into economic and social concerns. We cannot address political issues alone. The government and the private sector should join hands in addressing the economic and social concerns, and maybe the spiritual concerns, of our people.

On balancing freedom with the need to fight terrorism and criminality: There were a lot of bombings (in the early '70s), and it seemed as if anarchy had taken over. President Marcos was then saying that martial law was necessary in order to address the communist threat, and also offering bread in exchange for our freedom. Well, he did not deliver the bread, after taking over our freedom. So I don't think you can blame the Filipinos for asking questions and objecting to what they feel may be misused or abused by the people who will implement this anti-terrorism law. At any rate it is good that there is...

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