By Maria Elize H. Mendoza, BA Political Science alumna, University of the Philippines Diliman In the May 2016 elections, 16 million Filipinos elected Davao City mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte (“Digong”) as President. Duterte served as Davao City vice-mayor from 1986-1988, mayor for seven terms from 1988 to 2013 (interrupted briefly due to term limits), … More Duterte’s “strong” political will?
By Ryan, BA Political Science student, University of the Philippines Diliman The Philippines is the oldest democracy in Asia. Yet, it is hardly the most developed and most mature. Many factors contribute to the weakness of our democracy that once deposed a dictator but recently elected a strongman for his authoritarian platform. Several factors influence … More The Philippines – Where we are and what we need