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ANU Philippines Project presents

Beyond the rhetoric: Duterte’s first six months

Public seminar


22nd February 2017


Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU


Professor Walden Bello, State University of New York at Binghamton
Professor Maria Socorro Gochoco-Bautista, University of the Philippines
Dr Björn Dressel, ANU Crawford School
plus many more



After storming into office in the May 2016 Philippine elections under a fiery campaign to wage war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte has not ceased to make headlines since then. Six months into office, Duterte delivered what he promised – a bloody drug war that has left more than 3000 dead. The burial of the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, and President Duterte’s continued tirade against the United States have divided the nation and yet, he remains popular and highly trusted by many Filipinos.

Beyond his rhetoric, Duterte’s first six months signals a new era in the country’s politics. What is at stake is the Philippine’s fragile constitutional democracy, protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, an enduring peace settlement, and prospects of sustained inclusive economic growth. In this seminar, leading academics and practitioners share their perspectives on salient political, economic and legal developments that may define the Duterte administration in the months – or years – ahead.

This event features five main panel speakers (Professor Walden Bello, Atty. Christian Monsod, Professor Maria-Socorro Gochoco-Bautista, Atty. Emerlynne Gil and Dr Steven Rood) and four reactors/ discussants (Professor Maria Ela Atienza, Dr Nicole Curato, Dr Björn Dressel, and Professor Francisco Magno).

This seminar will be streamed live at the University of the Philippines and the De La Salle University in the Philippines.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

This event is part of the Philippine Forum Series organised by the Philippines Project.

Please note: At time of website publication, a venue for this masterclass is yet to be confirmed due to timetabling of semester one classes. Please register at this webform so we can advise when the venue is finalised

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