The Congruence of Legitimacy to Power
By: Chissan Rae M. Balderas
Adamson University, Philippines
Under presidential system of government having three equal branches, in which the executive is one, several conflicts would have been vital to the immediate decay of all three in just one misinterpretation in the rule of law. Checks and balances are the main concern of this kind of government; thus, the executive in particular has its own executive power. In contrast, loop holes (legally) to consider by the two other branches. Legislative and the judiciary branches are the other backbones of a democratic setting of governance in which bureaucratic flow of authoritative policy comes in, similar on both branches. In this sense, executive branch has far less extensive concentration in terms of bureaucratic governance. On the other hand, upon this lesser pressure coming from rules and regulations, issue on legitimacy became vital to the executive’s nature of leading a state. In the field of political science, legitimacy is defined as the acceptance of the masses or by the public on a political leader, the President in particular. It is how he or she and his or her projects are being liked and supported by the citizens of the nation in totality. Public office is all about public trust. People’s perspective on the effectiveness of a president does not merely lie on the constitutional basis. It is not included or mentioned neither in the Constitution nor under its laws and regulations that the public trust must always be present in each and every president-elect of The Republic. Public trust is being determined by the people; so the power of a president in a democratic nation like Philippines lies on it. Because power is all about control, a president won’t be able to have the power over his or her fellow people if they don’t possess any trust on him; therefore, he cannot control these people with his words. A popular president does not have problems on legitimacy...
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