On the ground version: "The Philippines is an autocratic and dynastic State. Sovereignty resides in the rich and powerful, and all governing authority originates from them." This is appalling but true, nauseating but real, disgusting but actual. Those who honestly and sincerely believe say and/or claim otherwise are either: Deaf, dumb, blind. Credulous, foolish, ridiculous. Or the rich and powerful government authorities themselves.
Time and again, the following concrete truths and practical realities are said - with rhyme and reason: Democracy and poverty are mutually exclusive. Reason: The poor are not free but enslaved by the search for food, water and shelter. Those suffering from want are not the origin of public authority which instead subjugate them for ignoble purposes. This is a long since existing Philippine reality. This is well recorded Philippine history. Those who dare deny this fact are precisely those in power and authority, those in tenure in influence and might in Philippine Society.
That there are immortal family names in long and continuous tenure of government power and might, that they are individuals in national and local levels of government who come from the same family tree one after another, that there are persons who inherit not only wealth but also government power on account of consanguinity or affinity - this is a living fact in the political life of this Country. It precisely clearly and strongly debunks Article II, Section I of the Philippine Constitution. Reason: It is real and long since actual.
There is that famous historical figure who courageously and proudly said: "Give me liberty or give death." If Filipinos would dare say or shout the same challenge, only few of them would remain alive. For the moment, it is enough to take note of the following already well known phenomena in the Country to prove the falsity of the above cited constitutional provision: The standard guns, goons and gold that accompany the choice not only of national but also local government officials. The customary cheating and fraud that is a pervasive and customary element of elections. The Philippines is a "democratic and republican State"? "Sovereignty resides in the People"? "Government authority emanates from the?" Really? Come on!
For the Moment, by the way of example, it might be of help to view the following YouTube presentation Aquino-Cojuangco: facts they don't want us to know.