[OPINION] Marcos necropolitics and alternative politics in Ilocos Norte

It now appears that the Marcoses are unstoppable in monopolizing power in Ilocos Norte. On May 9, they will hold the three highest selective positions: Matthew Marcos Manotoc, the governorship; Sandro Marcos, the first congressional district; and Angelo Marcos Barba (the province’s vice governor when Imee Marcos was governor and Marcos Manotoc was the province’s … Read more

[OPINION] Machiavelli’s cameo in Philippine politics

The Florentine-Italian political philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) suddenly burst onto the stage of the presidential campaign. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. proudly described himself as Machiavellian. The adjective now floods social media. With members of the public quick to point out that “Machiavellian” meant “cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics,” Clarita Carlos, the UP … Read more

At Comelec debate, Robredo projects how an ‘ilaw ng tahanan’ can reform PH politics

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo played to her strengths in the second presidential debate hosted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), showing consistency in her deep understanding of the problems hounding the political system and what she can do to help address them. On Sunday, April 3, the lone female presidential candidate used … Read more

[OPINION] Is religion in Philippine politics a problem or part of the solution?

‘As previous election results have shown, the so-called Catholic vote has remained a pipe dream’ The 2022 national and local elections have resurfaced the dynamic but tense relationship between religion and politics in the Philippines. In this context, one may reasonably ask those enthusiastic about this relationship: is religion a part of the problem or … Read more

[New School] Moral politics and the elitism of the Robredo campaign

‘Calling a campaign volunteer-based is no indication of the class character of the volunteers themselves. An organic campaign is not the same as a people’s campaign.’ As someone surrounded by supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo in the household, at school, and even where I live, it is difficult not to get caught up in … Read more

Tectonic shift in South Korea politics as conservative outsider elected president

SEOUL, South Korea – Conservative South Korean opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol rode to victory in the country’s tight presidential election on a wave of discontent over economic policy, scandals, and gender wars, reshaping the political future of Asia’s fourth-largest economy. His victory in Wednesday’s bitterly fought election means a remarkable turnaround for the main conservative … Read more