Death Squad President: Duterte, Dictatorship, and Resistance

Socialism 2018

July 05, 2018

Thirty years years ago, the Philippine “people power” revolution brought down the hated Marcos regime. Today, President Rodrigo Duterte has raised concerns that dictatorship will return to the Philippines. From his bloody "War on Drugs" that has killed over ten thousand people, to his declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, to his suspension of peace talks with Communist Rebels, Duterte has brought violent strongman rule back to Philippine politics. This talk will explore what gave rise to Duterte's ascension to power, what his rule means for the future of working-class Filipinos, and how the Left has resisted.

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