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

The Philippines (Filipino: Pilipinas, officially the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas), is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.

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

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