Beijing-Manila relations and the state of Philippine democracy under Rodrigo Duterte

Article by Fernan Talamayan. Abstract: The 2018 Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and China on cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative ascertained a stronger infrastructure collaboration and interconnectivity in the transportation, telecommunication, and energy sectors. As I explained in an earlier publication, President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed Chinese aid …

Statistical (in)capacity and government (in)decisions: The Philippines in the time of COVID-19

Article by Fernan Talamayan. Abstract: The May 2020 report by the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities on the social and economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak validates Milan and Treré’s (April 2020) claim that the Global South is “virtually absent” from the “number-based narration of the pandemic.” Although there …

Socio-Environmental Conflicts in Asia: Insights from EJAtlas

Project report by Lungani Hlongwa, Fernan Talamayan, and Weisyun Chen. Abstract: With increasing energy demands, the need for social infrastructure, and the neoliberalization of the environment, socio-environmental conflicts have increased dramatically in recent decades. In advocating for environmental justice and community rights, our collaborative research project titled “Socio-Environmental Conflicts in …

Realigning a nation: Understanding Duterte’s foreign policy shift

Article by Fernan Talamayan. Abstract: Recent developments between China and the Philippines paint a rosy picture of cooperation that is closer than ever, with Philippine President Duterte’s move towards the emerging regional power that postures a foreign policy shift for many is too close for comfort. This article argues that the …