Philippines Abandons National Language …

Much of the world has been suffering from a surfeit of nationalism. But that is the least of the problems of the Philippines. The weakness of national sentiment, especially among the elite, is striking. It seems at odds with the fact that the country, excluding the Muslim parts of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago, have been more or less under the same Manila-based (albeit mostly foreign controlled) central government for 500 years.

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