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Philippines

The value of post-conflict inclusion of youth

How do young people contribute to addressing injustices and advancing agendas of peace? 

Remembering the “progressive” Philippine Church

The Church should recall its long tradition of fighting for the oppressed and caring for the poor and marginalized, and act in the same spirit towards the current regime

A Murderous Plague in the Philippines

As the COVID-19 pandemic intersects with Duterte’s murderous plague, Filipinos are faced with clear lessons that can be brought to bear in the next election.

Duterte’s Tight Grip over Local Politicians: Can It Endure?

If Duterte has failed to deliver, why do so many local politicians remain beholden to him?

Student activism in Philippine Catholic Universities: A brief history

Students and universities have had an active role in social organization and social change throughout the history of the Philippines.

Encouraging abuse: foreign terrorist designations of the CPP/NPA

International terrorist designations are fuel for Duterte's war on communist organisations.

Big Ed and Rose: Reality TV representing a different kind of foreign bride

Recent narratives shift racist stereotypes of gold-digging mail-order brides.

Filipino students use “padungog-dungog” to resist educational inequality

Many Filipino students don't have computers or internet access for online learning during COVID-19. On "subaltern social media strategies" for demanding equitable access.

Mayors are keeping the Philippines afloat as Duterte’s COVID-19 response flails

In the Philippines, local governments are stepping up to cover gaps in national public health and welfare infrastructure.

Heightened contradictions: Duterte and local autonomy in the era of COVID-19

The President's handling of the Social Amelioration Program in the regions seems to betray an intention to consolidate centralised power.

Ambág and Bayanihan: The Communal Values of Philippine Populism

...grounding democracy in ambág and bayanihan can help heal the polarized political landscape in the Philippines.

Who will look after Lola during the pandemic?

Filipino grandmothers often bear the brunt of providing and caring for their families. The Duterte government's COVID-19 response overlooks them.

Rodrigo Duterte’s war on COVID-19 is a war on the Filipino people

Reports emerging of anti-communist attacks in cities and rural areas, arrests of activists and union members, and military action in spite of a declared ceasefire.

Philippines Beyond Clichés Series 2 # 6: We need to decongest Manila

Who has the right to live in the city? And what role can facilitated community organisation that engages all residents of the city play in determining the shape and life of the city?

Philippines beyond clichés season 2 # 5: participatory governance is a hoax   

Dr Teresa Melgar draws on her comparative research in Brazil and the Philippines to help us understand the potential of engaging citizens fully in political processes.

Philippines beyond clichés series 2, episode #4: Populist voters are deluded

Wataru Kusaka's extensive ethnographic work leads him to emphasise the importance of recognising populist voters as concrete individuals, rather than abstract others,

Philippines beyond clichés series 2 #2: The Philippines is a sexist society

Sexism in the Philippines is about "multiple overlapping issues of inequality based on class, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, and also geographic locations" as Dr Maria Tanyag discusses with Nicole Curato.

Philippines beyond clichés series 1 #1: Celebrity culture

...globally there are many places where innovation is happening in television and in other forms of media, and the Philippines is definitely one of those places.

Four years of people’s war: an assessment of the New People’s Army from 2016-2019

The end of the NPA's insurgency isn't guaranteed despite what officials say.

Sitio San Roque: in the peripheries of development

An urban poor community fight to save their homes in the face of arrests and arson.

Despite disinformation, social media in the Philippines remains a space for genuine grassroots mobilisation

Despite the rise of disinformation innovations, social media still holds genuine democratic potential.

Excusing the inexcusable: re-thinking political legitimacy in the Philippines beyond the notions of support and loyalty

The role of excusing what others find inexcusable is a crucial part of understanding Filipino politics.

The changing face of fake news

New report "Tracking Digitial Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine Midterm Election".