o those who have dreamt, advocated, struggled and even died for it, social change has been so elusive all these years despite 14 years of Martial Law and two people power revolutions. The structures and systems that are breeding poverty, gross inequities and social injustices have remained as formidable as ever.
Well known social scientists and nationalists have identified the flawed political system as the root cause of the problem, describing it as colonial and exclusive that is producing a highly skewed pyramidal socio-economic order where only a few hundred families aptly called oligarchs are in control.
On the economy, three questions loom: Who controls? Who decides? Who benefits?
Certainly, not the bulk of the people but a few elite controlling a cartelized economy anchored on the contemporaneous growth-centered development paradigm and where economic power begets political power. This truism mocks the fundamental constitutional declaration that “in a democratic and