Archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, ruled since 1946 by the Republika ng Pilipinas


Philippines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas) is a sovereign country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the Philippine Sea sits Vietnam. The Sulu Sea to the southwest lies between the country and the island of Borneo, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia. It is bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical climate make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons but have also endowed the country with natural resources and made it one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world. An archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines is categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.53, Rank: 101, Personal Freedom: 6.05, Economic Freedom: 7.01, Democracy Index: 6.19
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.01, Rank: 80
Philippines | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 65, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 3
"A deadly gun battle in January, combined with technical legal challenges, derailed progress in 2015 on congressional ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BLL), under which a new self-governing region, Bangsamoro, would replace and add territory to the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The BLL was the next step outlined in a landmark 2014 peace treaty between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's largest rebel group."


Killing in the Name of Democracy, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Jun 2006
Revised text of the "Messianic Democracy" chapter of Attention Deficit Democracy with additional parallels to George W. Bush
"William McKinley ... promised to 'Christianize' the Filipinos, as if he did not consider the large number of Filipino Catholics to be Christians. ... Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos died as the United States struggled to crush resistance to its rule in a conflict that dragged on for a decade and cost the lives of 4,000 American troops."
The Spanish-American War: The Leap into Overseas Empire, Part 2, by Joseph R. Stromberg, Future of Freedom, Jan 1999
Related Topics: Cuba, Imperialism, Spain
The Spanish-American War: The Leap into Overseas Empire, Part 1, by Joseph R. Stromberg, Future of Freedom, Dec 1998
Related Topics: Cuba, Imperialism, Spain