The Philippines is often cited as the counterpoint to the East Asian miracle economies. We are the oldest democracy in Asia, and at the same time, we have sunk to the level of the “Sick Man of Asia”. Many advocates of stronger authoritarian rule in our country state that we are suffering from “hyper-democracy”. Some even label our system as “demo-crazy”. Supposedly, too many freedoms have been granted to the Filipino people which have been abused, and this has led to the current deteriorating situation.