The Philippines of Rizal’s Times

During the times of Rizal,the sinister shadows of Spain’s decadence darkened Philippine skies. The Filipino people agonized beneath the yoke of Spanish misrule, for they were unfortunate victims of, the evils of an unjust, bigoted, and deteriorating colonial power. mong these evils were as follows:

  1. Instability of colonial administration
  2. corrupt officialdom
  3. no Philippine representation in the Spanish Cortes
  4. human rights denied to Filipinos
  5. no equality before the law
  6. maladministration of justice
  7. racial discrimination
  8. frailocracy
  9. forced labor
  10. haciendas owned by the friars
  11. the Guardia Civil

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From out of my own observation, and experience, I believe these “11 Evils” is still within the Philippines to this day being played out by the very Filipinos themselves who are in high positions that requires responsibility but instead they use those positions for power.

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land upon which all other laws are brought about, but when facing issues in the government, upon showing their lack of responsibility towards their duty, for the people, they twist the law to say what they want it to say as well as making new laws, that contradicts the Constitution, that you can find within the RA section.

The Constitution is there for one reason and one reason only and that is best said through Patrick Henry:

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government…”

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