NP-NPC - Common Ground in Nationalism

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NP-NPC - Common Ground in Nationalism


The Nationalist People’s Coalition – minus Sen. Chiz Escudero – presents an opportunity for it to form an alliance with the Nacionalista Party on the basis of their common principle of nationalism.There is now a revival of political parties in our country. However, most of them revolve around personalities, and not about ideas and programs of government for which political parties are supposed to stand.In all advanced countries – from the United States to Europe, and those in emerging Asia – party democracy is the norm. It is only in some countries in the Middle East which are ruled by monarchies and feudal dynasties that political parties are banned.History has shown that party democracy may not be the best form of government, but there seems to be no one better than it. But to be effective, party democracy must be based on ideas and programs of government and not on personalities.Now there is a chance for the NP and the NPC to put back principles into politics by introducing nationalism in their national agenda, not just in name but in practice. These two parties, which place nationalism at the core of their platform, can now form an alliance and present to the electorate a common agenda and a common set of candidates.Many are already talking of a possible NP-NPC unity ticket led by Sen. Manny Villar of the NP for president and Sen. Loren Legarda of the NPC mSMEsfor vice president.According to Allianza ng Mangagawa at Intellectuals, this is a formidable combination that could rally the people around a nationalist program of government.Nationalism has been the rallying cry of the Nacionalista Party headed by President Manuel Quezon since the American occupation when it demanded absolute and immediate independence for our country. The NPC, on the other hand, is a recent political bloc based on the economic nationalism of its founders led by businessman Danding Cojuangco Jr.Villar and Loren have manifested a strong sense of nationalism. In the arena of the national economy, Villar has proven that Filipino entrepreneurship can thrive and succeed in a period of globalization. In the United States and Europe, traces of economic nationalism have surfaced in the wake of the global crisis. …

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