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Discussion on Philippine Political Culture

By Joharel Escobia Urios University
Brief Background
The discussion began with A/Prof. Ryan Maboloc giving a passionate lecture on the history of elitism in the Philippines. He mentioned that after Spain relinquished the Philippines as a colony, the Americans instituted its brand of democracy. It was during this period, he said, that political elitism came into total fruition as lands that were acquired by the friars were simply transferred to families who have been very supportive of the American regime. This fact, he said, citing the work of Prof. Joel Rocamora, gave rise to many, if not all, political elites in the provinces, who in turn, supported most oligarchs in the capital Manila.