The Re-erosion of the Philippine liberal state?

The State
09 NOV 2018

The Re-erosion of the Philippine liberal state?

Liberalism has played a central role in the formation of the modern Philippine state. In short: in the 19th century, liberalism was the language of nation-building, and in the 20th century it became the discourse of statecraft. Despite deep historic roots, political liberalism in the Philippines remains a fragile experiment. This research project will examine the two major challenges to Philippine liberalism in the past half century: the assault on liberal institutions by President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and President Rodrigo Duterte’s in the present. It seeks to explain why the most liberal democratic state in Southeast Asia undergoes this kind of democratic crisis. It also compares and contrasts the differing approaches that Marcos and Duterte have taken as they challenge the Philippine liberal tradition. Marcos’s was a slow, deliberate destruction and exploitation of the constitutional system, done through legal tact and the systematic corruption of the military. Duterte, on the other hand, is a political storm and a disruptor—a populist who thrives on unconventionality.

Speaker(s)
Claudio, Lisandro (Leloy)

Lisandro Claudio is Associate Professor at the Departments of History and Literature at De La Salle University, Manila. He obtained ... [read more]