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Philippines

Pernicious anti-politics

...problems like historical distortion and human rights violations appear to be non-issues for the Marcos administration.

NBSEAS: Nicole Curato talks to Baogang He about “Deliberative Democracy in Asia”

Professor He draws on a range of case studies in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and reflects on the wider trend of deliberative democratization in Asia and beyond.

Watch a forum: Bongbong at the Helm

A focus on issues and dynamics that can be expected to define his presidency.

Civil society in the Mekong: What can we learn from environmental struggles?

As political space contracts, the role for informal networks or coalitions expands.

“Mandatory” deaths for the poor, get out of jail free card for the rich in Asia

The fact that dirty money needs to be cleaned provides opportunities for law enforcement agencies in ASEAN to collectively monitor drug lords and drug traffickers.

A Forum: Bongbong at the Helm

...a focus on issues and dynamics that can be expected to define his presidency.

Techno-politics of data justice: perspectives from Indonesia and the Philippines

EngageMedia's latest report tries to understand how people in different contexts imagine and experience the growing digital landscape through the lens of data justice.

From Duterte to Marcos Jr: a forum

The new president and the rule of law, the judiciary, patterns of political mobilisation, and media and disinformation.

Bullets and ballots: violent politics and extremism in southern Philippines

Violence was avoided this election, but is more likely in the 2025 BARMM regional elections

People’s power and resistance in Southeast Asia in comparison: a roundtable

...movements signify the transformative potential of people’s power & its inherent precarity; state responses to protestors’ demands range widely...

A “Pangulo” ideology: leader-centrism and the return of a Marcos presidency

History, morality and facts become subservient to the success and protection of the individual leader.

No protection, more repression: freedom of expression in Southeast Asia

...these are fundamentally contrary to the principles of international human rights law and fail to meet the principle of “legal certainty” of international law.

Stay angry. Organise. Build solidarity. Democracy in post-disaster Philippines

Everyday political action shows democracy can work amidst constraints, in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Marcos or Robredo? Assessing the dynamics of the May 2022 Philippine presidential elections

Will Leni Robredo be able to overcome Bongbong Marcos’s decisive lead in the surveys?

Forum: Marcos or Robredo? Assessing dynamics of the May 2022 Philippine Elections

A forum examining the dynamics of the upcoming national election in the Philippines.

Red-tagging as a human rights violation in the Philippines

Citizens and civil society in the Philippines are fighting back in the legal sphere against an instrument of repression.

Looking beyond borders at Asia Pacific Triennial 10 – Part 1

APT10 forces us to look past the categories of nation or ethnicity to embrace perspectives in life that are centred on multiplicity and hybridity, on community and friendship.

COVID-19: the costs of strandedness for repatriated Filipino migrant workers

How can policies can better support migrant workers in return preparedness and safety nets, when planning to return permanently & in moments of disruptions?

NBSEAS on “Chasing Freedom: The Philippines Long Journey to Democratic Ambivalence”

Adele Webb offers a spirited defence of what she calls 'democratic ambivalence': the mixed feelings many Filipinos harbour about their own hybrid political system.

COVID-19 and a new social contract for education in the Philippines

The pandemic did not trigger educational access issues for those living in urban poor communities; it just made them worse.

Human rights in the age of Southeast Asian extractivism

Analysing the development of Filipino, Thai and Indonesian laws and policies for the achievement of the human right to a healthy environment.

COVID-19, palakasan and the culture of clientelism in the Philippines

Palakasan is a “negative” social practice that distorted the allocation of the SAP and other aid which local politicians had control over.

Misinformation & government inaction fuel vaccine hesitancy in the Philippines

95% of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people in resettlement sites built after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 are not vaccinated.

NBSEAS: In Search of New Social Democracy: Insights from the South—Implications for the North

In this episode of the Nordic Asia Podcast Kenneth Bo Nielsen is joined by Olle Törnquist to discuss the main results and arguments in what he calls his endbook.