This epilogue addresses the question of where the Philippines stands in the second decade of the twenty-first century, twenty-five years after the bloodless People Power transition to democracy. There are bright spots: in school enrollment and life expectancy, the country compares favorably with its closest Asian neighbors, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It lags behind them in per capita income, however, and indicators for income distribution and poverty are dismal. The rebuilt institutions—the press, the legislature, the courts—are not perfect, but after a quarter of a century, they have taken root where before they had withered. Unlike other developing countries that suddenly transitioned to democracy but lacked the institutions to sustain it, the Philippines was fortunate that before martial law, it possessed the institutional scaffolding needed to rebuild. There was also a unifying force or leader—Corazon Aquino and the memory of her martyred husband, who led the restoration.
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