The Vote in the Philippines : Electing a Strongman

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-134
Journal / PublicationJournal of Democracy
Volume27
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Abstract

With a folksy style and tough-guy image,Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte promised to restore peace and order by any means necessary. Following his surprise victory in the May 2016 elections,Duterte has kept his word,launching the promised anti-drug campaign that saw nearly 1,800 extrajudicial killings within Duterte's first seven weeks in office. Thirty years after the “people power” revolution against the Marcos dictatorship,Duterte's victory represents a rupture in the liberal-democratic regime,and suggests that many Filipinos are willing to reject aspects of democracy they consider inconvenient or ineffective in exchange for Marcos-era “discipline” and stability.

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The Vote in the Philippines: Electing a Strongman. / Teehankee, Julio C.; Thompson, Mark R.
In: Journal of Democracy, Vol. 27, No. 4, 10.2016, p. 125-134.

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