Archives par mot-clé : Rodrigo Duterte

A Duterte reader

Nicole Curato (ed.), A Duterte Reader : Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte’s Early Presidency, SEAP Publications, 2017

A critical analysis of one of the most media-savvy authoritarian rulers of our time, this collection of essays offers an overview of Duterte’s rise to power and actions of his early presidency.  With contributions from leading experts on the society and history of the Phillipines, The Duterte Reader is necessary reading for anyone needing to contextualize and understand the history and social forces that have shaped contemporary Philippine politics.

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Duterte’s War on Drugs and His Continuing Popularity

Duterte’s War on Drugs and His Continuing Popularity, 16/02/2017, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin

The Philippine Studies Series Berlin would like to invite you to the lecture/discussion « Duterte’s War on Drugs and His Continuing Popularity », featuring documentary filmmaker Alyx Arumpac who has been video documenting the killings and political analyst Cleve Arguelles.


In the past seven months since Rodrigo Duterte came to power and declared his war on drugs, 7,028 people have been killed in police operations and vigilante-style killings. Despite the rising body count, Duterte remains popular among Filipinos. Aiming to shed light on his controversial policy and why he continues to be popular, the Philippine Studies Series Berlin brings together documentary filmmaker Alyx Ayn Arumpac and political analyst Cleve Kevin Robert Arguelles. Alyx Arumpac who has documented the killings in Manila, will present “Stories from the Night Beat.” Showing excerpts from her ongoing documentary project “Aswang,” she will discuss how the drug war is being carried out – who are the targets, the methods, and the communities most affected, among others – and provide specific stories of victims.

Meanwhile, Cleve Arguelles’ talk “Post-EDSA democracy in between crisis and transformation: The rise of Duterte” aims to make sense of the big question/s of Duterte’s rise to power, especially in light of the violence of his war on drugs. Arguelles situates the Duterte phenomenon in the context of the country’s longstanding democratic deficit and underdevelopment and argue that the crisis of post-EDSA democracy made his rise possible both in politics and the social imaginary. He asks, what kind of a society makes this kind of politics possible?

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