The Philippines, officially known as The Federal Republic of the Philippines, is a sovereign country in Southeast Asia. It is comprised of several states that were established after the Philippine Civil War. It is divided into several geographical groups: Luzon, Visayas, Palawan, Mindanao, Sabah, and The Sulu Isles. The capital city of the country is Maharlika City, while the largest and most populous city is Manila.
To the north of the country lies Taiwan, to the west across the West Philippine Sea is Vietnam, to the south, it has land borders with Malaysia and Indonesia, and to the east lies the East Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
The 2016 Elections
The 2016 National elections was concluded, and the "Eagle of The South", Rodrigo R. Duterte, and the "Lion of the North", Bongbong Marcos, were declared as President and Vice President of The Republic of the Philippines.
2016 - Dutertes First Year
The president was true to his word and was able to fulfill his promise on lowering crime and corruption in less than 6 months, by creating the implementing the program "LVM24S Rule" (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao 24 Hours Safety Rule) which advises all major urban areas in the Philippines to have CCTVs and adopt the centralized 911 emergency call system. The minimum pay for policemen have also increased, and the structure of Philippine National Police has been reorganized. The populace has favorable views on the government and the trust for the authorities are slowly returning. The International Community has also praised the new administration for their work on developing a centralized emergency system, the first in Asia. However, several human rights organization still question the governments actions.
2017 - Year of Regional Growth
With the restructuring of the Philippine police, increase in their wages, and a centralized emergency call system, the Philippines is now a country attracting foreign investors. Duterte used this opportunity to develop areas outside Metro Manila, like Laoag, Vigan, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Legazpi, Davao, and many more cities. This led to the creation of jobs for construction workers and other technical related occupations. It also widely decongested Metro Manila. By the end of the year, several urban centers dot the entire archipelago. Air transport has also increased as several airports are now being built all over the country. By the end of the year, the Philippines has been urbanized and the wealth of the country is no longer concentrated in Manila.
2018 (January - June) - Move to Federalism
The Philippines is now a growing power in the ASEAN region, and is now a competitor on the world stage. However, it took the world by surprise when the president Duterte has proposed that the 1986 constitution be replaced by a constitution that promotes federalism. Several protests in Metro Manila occurred, saying no to the proposal of the government. Meanwhile, rallies were also held by the supporters of the government in other cities, as well as those in Metro Manila. Some confrontations led to violence, and at least one was killed on the opposition side. Then on March, a referendum was drafted, to see if the public wanted to adopt a federalist government.