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Critical Assessments of Contemporary Leadership in the Philippines
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The Philippines has been under international scrutiny since the assumption into the presidency of Rodrigo Roa Duterte in June 2016. The United Nations, several international organizations, and leaders of Western countries have denounced the human rights violations of Duterte’s strongman approach toward crime, illegal drugs, and terrorism. He has been labelled a populist leader with an illiberal democratic form of governance and a master of divisive and combative language. At home, however, Duterte enjoys overwhelming public support despite international condemnation, and a consistently high approval rating even amid the botched strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. He represents public resistance toward the political elite and public disappointment with the failures of the country’s liberal political system. Love him or hate him, his controversial leadership has stirred passionate debates in both national and international deliberations. How then do we situate Duterte’s popularity within the context of Philippine politics? What are the implications of Duterte’s leadership for human rights and liberal democracy in the Philippines and the region? Finally, with only about a year before the Presidential elections in 2022, how will Duterte’s distinctive approach to leadership shape the immediate and long-term future of the Philippine political landscape? This ACUNS Tokyo seminar aims to answer these questions to galvanize political leadership discourse through the most pressing issues in contemporary Philippine politics: political values and legacy, national interest and foreign policy, as well as democratic elections and public opinion. It does so by bringing in some of the prominent thinkers in Philippine politics to discuss the pros and cons of Duterte’s leadership and debate his legacy to Philippine society and beyond.

Mar 12, 2021 04:00 PM in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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Clarita R. Carlos
Distinguished Professor of Political Science @University of the Philippines, Diliman
Prof. Clarita R. Carlos is a distinguished professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, Diliman and an expert in foreign policy, defense and security, geopolitics, and climate change. She heads the Asia Pacific Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation Foundation, Inc. (APICCMAFI) and the StratSearch Foundation, Inc. For more than five decades, she has been a consultant at the Philippines Congress and various other government and non-government agencies. She has also undertaken consultancy work with the private sector. Prof. Carlos was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Cornell University and a Senior Fulbright at UCLA.
Julio Cabral Teehankee
Professor of Political Science and International Studies @De La Salle University
Dr. Julio Cabral Teehankee is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at De La Salle University where he served as Chair of the Political Science Department; Chair of the International Studies Department; and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He also served as President of the Philippine Political Science Association (2017-2019) and the Asian Political and International Studies Association (2009-2011). Currently, he is the Philippine representative to the Council of the International Political Science Association. He is also the Regional Manager of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and a Founding Fellow of the DLSU Southeast Asia Research Center and Hub. He was recently a Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, Japan. He appears regularly as a political analyst for local and international media outlets and his YouTube channel – “Talk Politics with Julio Teehankee.”
Nicole Curato
Associate Professor @University of Canberra
Nicole Curato is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She is the author of Democracy in a Time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedy to Deliberative Action (2019, Oxford University Press) and editor of the Duterte Reader: Critical Essays in Rodrigo Duterte's Early Presidency (2017, Ateneo de Manila University Press).