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Philippines

The rise of Duterte and Bolsonaro: creeping authoritarianism and criminal populism

In both countries, ugly populist politics is a direct result of legitimate concerns about crime and corruption.

The uncomfortable intimacies of ‘Tao Po’

"We are drawn into the lives of four characters, each with a separate monologue"

Deadly answers: a review of ‘Tao Po’

"Many were emotionally triggered by this part-testimonial, part-theatrical, and part-documentary theatre"

‘Tao Po’: More than collateral damage

The play highlights "raw and conflicted stories based on real lives in the drug war".

‘Tao Po’: Is anyone there?

"Tao Po invites us to listen to four people’s intimate accounts of the [Philippines'] drug war."

‘Tao Po’: A new theatre of war

Introducing a series of short reflections on Tao Po, a one-person play that grapples with the Philippines' drug war.

Build back bitter? Five lessons five years after Typhoon Haiyan

Researchers' snapshots of the problems of rebuilding after disaster.

Lesson 1: Local aid workers must not be second class citizens

How exactly can local & international humanitarian actors work better in the context of clear power disparities?

Lesson 3: Waiting is resource-intensive

On waiting for public transport and the inequalities of reconstruction.

Lesson 2: Concrete homes do not feed empty stomachs

Post-typhooon resettlement has made the lives of many more precarious.

Lesson 5: Relocation is not resilience

Master planning or planning for the masters?

Lesson 4: Recognition is as important as redistribution

The post-Yolanda resettlement process has broken the networks of support in urban poor communities.

Reading the Philippines

An introduction to the essential scholarship on Philippine history, politics, culture and society.

Where Duterte’s drug war is being fought

Subnational variation in extrajudicial killings speaks to the political logic behind the campaign.

Intolerant leaders for intolerant citizens: illiberal values in the Philippines

Survey data suggest Dutertismo isn't necessarily out of line with popular values.

Philippines beyond cliches #5: Beauty

Is Pia Wurtzbach, winner of Miss Universe 2015, the contemporary articulation of Philippines beauty standards?

The escalating violence of the New People’s Army in Mindanao

Despite Manila's push for peace, the NPA shows no signs of coming to the table.

Cariño brutal: the politics of caring in Duterte’s Philippines

How does one channel an intimate politics of caring without reinforcing the practices of patronage and clientelism?

Philippines beyond cliches #4: America and development

Do Filipinos really look to America for ideas about the 'good life'?

Duterte’s enduring popularity is not just a political choice—it is also religious

Jayeel Cornelio and Erron Media explore how religious perceptions feeds into Duterte's popularity.

The worst kind of charter change

What we learn about the federalism debate from scholars of Philippine law.

Philippines: in search of a constitutional moment

An analytical summary of the proposed federal structure of government.

Abusive judicial review in the Philippines

When formal institutions designed to enforce the constitutional order are weak, the Supreme Court may reprise its role as the enabler of authoritarianism.

Constitutional reform in the Philippines: cautionary tales from Thailand

In constitution making, process matters as much as content.