The people of nations, having vested full faith and confidence in the authority and rule of their governments, have devoted full trust and loyalty to their leaders.
However, events are unfolding suggesting that some leaders are at risk to betray the trust invested to them by the people, hereby inflicting self-damnation upon some transitioning nations.
In Turkey, the complexity of political conditions and current affairs, coupled with stark violent tragedies, will test that nation's democracy and it's duties and commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO). Yet, Turkey could remain a strategic member of NATO while retaining a strong democracy if the trust of the Turkish people in its leaders, should remain non-fractured.
In the Philippines, rhetoric and antics by the recently elected President Rodrigo Duterte, have called into question the future of the United States(US) ally. Circumstances surrounding the harsh anti-drugs actions by that government have resulted in the killing of some 900 suspected drug traffickers since May. According to a Reuters report, two United Nations(UN) human rights experts last week urged Manila to stop the extra-judicial executions and killings that have escalated since Duterte came to power.
The Filipino president has denied the involvement of the government in the drug killings, yet he has threatened to remove the Philippines from UN membership following the urging from the UN experts for the government to stop the killings and executions. Will the Filipino people retain trust in a Duterte government?
Whatever comes to past in Turkey, the Philippines and elsewhere, the trust of the people remain a sacred bond that needs to remain whole for the efficient and effective exercise of good governance.