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Duterte's First 100 Days

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.07.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys a "very good" net satisfaction rating three months into his presidency, and high approval ratings from ...

Benigno Aquino's Legacy: New Era in the Philippines?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.29.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal," Emma Goldman, one of America's foremost feminists once sardonically remarked. For revolutionarie...

Philippine Congress Proclaims Duterte Winner Of Presidential Election

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.30.2016 | Home

By Manuel Mogato and Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Rodrigo Duterte became the 16th president of the Philippines on Monday when a joint session of Cong...

Philippines Under President Duterte: Dawn of a New Age?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.13.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

duterte flag It was not until the middle of the 20th century that Italy began to reconstitute its foundations and embark on an economic miracle. In many ways, the Philippines is caught in the same interregnum.

How the Donald Trump of the Philippines Won the Presidency

Ramon Casiple | Posted 05.10.2016 | Home
Ramon Casiple

MANILA, Philippines -- In the Philippines presidential election this week, many of the voters felt that enough was enough. The Aquino administration was a disappointment to many. Most cast their votes for change -- the more radical, the better.

Firebrand Politician Looks Set To Clinch Philippine Presidency

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.10.2016 | Home

MANILA (Reuters) - Firebrand mayor Rodrigo Duterte looked virtually certain to become the Philippines' next president as results from Monday's electio...

Philippines at a Crossroads: "Iron Fist' vs. 'Straight Path 2.0'?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.04.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

Will the Philippines fall into a Machiavellian cyclical history as it did in the 20th century or, instead, embark on a Hegelian march towards the terminus of genuine democracy?

Why the Philippines Should Vote for Poe

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.29.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Since the last of the televised debates among presidential candidates, Duterte has offered no coherent foreign policy, no policy for the domestic economy and job generation, and no form of behavior even closely resembling statesmanship.

The End of Philippine Democracy?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one," Albert Einstein once famously declared. On the surface, the Philippines is a bustling e...

Fiesta Democracy: Risks and Uncertainties in Philippine Presidential Elections

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.14.2017 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

With less than two months before the elections, the presidential race in the Philippines is as tight as you can get. According to one survey, four presidential candidates are essentially tied.

Philippines' Black Swan Elections: The New Normal in Democratic Politics

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 12.13.2016 | Politics
Richard Javad Heydarian

The challenge for democrats today, whether in Metro Manila or Washington D.C., is to end dysfunctional forms of decision-making that are giving a bad name to democracy -- the greatest gift of modernity.

The Philippine People Are Under Attack from Washington -- and Their Own Government

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 12.03.2016 | Home
Azadeh Shahshahani

A tribunal this year uncovered grave violations against the human, economic, and cultural rights of Filipinos by Washington and their own leaders.

32-Year-Old Video Gains Half a Million Views on YouTube: The Remarkable Legacy of a Filipino Martyr

Jim Laurie | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Jim Laurie

It was 32 years ago, August 21st, 1983, that I witnessed a murder. I didn't actually see it, mind you. The gunshots. I was more an ear-witness than eyewitness. The victim was a 50-year-old politician named Benigno Aquino Jr. -- known to everyone in the Philippines by his nickname "Ninoy."

Aquino's Dilemma and the Philippines' Fate: The Question of Succession

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.01.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines' politics has become more dynamic, less predictable, and therefore more interesting as we get closer to the fateful 2016 elections.

Philippines' Moralpolitik: Good Governance and Aquino's Legacy

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.27.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

You don't have to be an expert to realize that with the Philippines' weak state institutions, hobbled by entrenched networks of political patronage, and only a single six-year term in office, there is just so much a well-meaning leader can do to overhaul a broken political system.

The U.S. Aids and Abets War Crimes in the Philippines

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

After Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush declared the Philippines a second front in the war on terror ("Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines").The egregious human rights violations committed by the Philippine military and paramilitary forces are some of the most underreported atrocities in the media today.

The Philippines vs. China: The Real Fight in the South China Sea

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.17.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

While the Philippines is waging the snail's pace legal warfare, China is dramatically altering facts on the ground on a daily basis. By all means, the real struggle in the South China Sea is to protect your position on the ground, defending every inch of your territorial claim lest others will Darwin you out.

Chinese-Filipino Community's Dilemma: The Philippines, China, and the South China Sea Disputes

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.25.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

At its very core, the Philippines is an idea, representing a pluralistic land with hospitable people, who have always welcomed persecuted people from around the world. It is an all-embracing society that has been open to peoples from around the world.

Time for China and the Philippines to Talk: Resolving the South China Sea Conundrum

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.18.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

Throughout my conversations with Japanese and Vietnamese colleagues, I have repeatedly heard how much they admire the Philippines' courage to take China to the court and openly criticize its destabilizing actions. Yet, the Philippines can also draw crucial lessons from its neighbors.

A Premature Peace Deal in the Philippines

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 05.19.2016 | Home
Edsel Tupaz

Following a number of recent setbacks in the elusive search for a lasting peace in Mindanao, the Philippine Congress is trying to rush the passage of the Bangsamoro 'Basic Law' -- a major component of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro -- in the hope of enacting the law prior to a mandatory adjournment of the Congress next month.

Philippines' Mindanao Dilemma: Aquino, the Mamasapano Tragedy, and the Future of the Peace Process

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.16.2015 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Aquino administration and the MILF's top brass are seeking to present a common front in rooting out extremism in Mindanao. The ultimate challenge, however, is how to ensure justice for the victims of the massacre without undercutting genuine efforts at preventing a new round of all-out war between the AFP and the MILF.

Behind the Handshakes, Military Tensions Are Rising Between China and Its Neighbors

Peter Mellgard | Posted 01.13.2015 | Home
Peter Mellgard

The president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, became the second of two close American allies (after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) to shake hands with President Xi Jinping of China this week. Xi and Aquino shared promises to constructively manage tensions in the South China Sea, a promising step forward after several years of maritime incursions into territory both countries claim as their own.

After Aquino: Time for 'Effective Governance' in the Philippines

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.11.2015 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

Democracy is not only about freely choosing your leaders; it is also about choosing the best possible leaders, who can effectively oversee day-to-day administration.

Will Peace in Mindanao be Held Hostage by Politics in Congress?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.12.2014 | Home
Daniel Wagner

President Aquino has taken some bold moves during his presidency in an effort to achieve peace regarding the decades-long dispute over autonomy in Mindanao.

Can the Philippines' Afford a Single Aquino Term in Office?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.02.2014 | Home
Daniel Wagner

The Philippines cannot afford to backtrack. If the constitution is not changed, and Aquino does not run, win, and serve a second term, the country risks losing its hard won gains, and could easily fall back into some bad habits.