The People Power Revolution

In February 1986, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos gathered on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue to protest President Ferdinand Marcos and his claim that he had won reelection over Corazon Aquino.

The Spread of Global Hate

April 16, 2021

One insidious way to torture the detainees at Guantanamo Bay was to blast music at them at all hours. The mixtape, which included everything from Metallica to the Meow Mix jingle, was intended to disorient the captives and impress upon them the futility of resistance. It worked: This...

Could COVID-19 Bring Down Autocrats?

August 28, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world. What better pretext for a state of emergency than a pandemic? It was a golden opportunity to close borders, suppress civil society and issue decrees left and right (mostly right). Donald Trump in the United...

Rodrigo Duterte Profits from Democracy Fatigue

May 24, 2019

The Philippines provides one example among many others across the globe of a crisis of confidence in democratic elections and processes. The midterm elections in the Philippines have produced a result most casual foreign observers were not expecting. The controversial populist president, Rodrigo...

Philippine Islamist Group Shifts Target to Commercial Vessels

December 14, 2016

The Abu Sayyaf Group has been involved in a growing number of kidnappings targeting commercial vessels. The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), a Philippines-based Islamist organization, has conducted tens of attacks against vessels in the Sulu and Celebes Seas since March 2016—although since October, it...

The Philippine “Punisher” Could Be a Man of Peace

September 03, 2016

How has Rodrigo Duterte fared as president of the Philippines 100 days after taking office? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. He has threatened to pull the Philippines out of the United Nations (UN); he has ridiculed diplomats; he...

In This Country, People Are Withdrawing Water From ATMs

June 24, 2016

The Philippine government is applying new solutions to water shortages in affected regions. In the eastern Pangasinan region of the Philippines, clean and safe water is a scarce commodity. In order to alleviate water shortages, the government has set up an Automatic Tubig Machine (ATM) scheme,...

The Philippine People Are Under Attack From Washington

December 07, 2015

A tribunal this year uncovered grave violations against the human, economic and cultural rights of Filipinos by America and their own leaders. The Filipino people are under attack. The Lumad, an indigenous group in the southern Philippines, are being forced to leave their ancestral lands and the...

MH370 and Maritime Security: A Fresh Start for Cooperation?

The search for Flight MH370 has resulted in cooperation between countries locked in maritime disputes. By Sukjoon Yoon Since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 8, several countries have been participating in extensive Search and Rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian...

PNoy: Figurehead or Changemaker President? (Part 2/2)

December 08, 2013

Aquino is under pressure to improve socioeconomic conditions in the Philippines. Read part one here. President Benigno Aquino was required to work within certain limits of permissibility, the constitution, and bureaucracy to move and implement his policies forward. The Supreme Court, for...

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