Beyond the rhetoric: Duterte's first six months

Image of President Rodrigo Duterte

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 22 February 2017


The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
ANU Canberra


Walden Bello, Christian Monsod, Maria-Socorro Gochoco-Bautista, et al


Amy Hamilton

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 and four reactors/discussants:

Main Panel

  • Professor Walden Bello
  • Attorney Christian Monsod
  • Professor Maria-Socorro Gochoco-Bautista
  • Attorney Emerlynne Gil
  • Dr Steven Rood


  • Professor Maria Ela Atienza
  • Dr Nicole Curato
  • Dr Björn Dressel
  • 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.

Please register at this webform for planning purposes.

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

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