Bonn Juego, University of Jyväskylä.
Bonn Juego, University of Jyväskylä.

A year after his phenomenal rise to power, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continues to be a popular yet controversial political figure. The seminar will reflect upon Duterte’s abiding national popularity amid growing local and international oppositions against his political style and policy choices. It will do so by examining the strengths and contradictions of Duterte’s particular type of populism that cuts across classes, genders, generations, and the political spectrum. Accordingly, it will try to assess contemporary Philippine society, politics, and economy by evaluating Duterte’s anti-elite campaign rhetoric during the elections vis-à-vis the actual and potential consequences of his actions as the governing elite in power. Issues to be discussed in the seminar will include: the limits of Duterte’s police-centric war on drugs; the geopolitical implications of his pro-China foreign relations strategy; the prospects for ASEAN regionalism under his chairmanship; the state of the government’s peace negotiations with the armed communist rebels and Islamic separatist groups; and an economic forecast for the country’s growth and development. 

Bonn Juego is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. With a PhD in Development and International Relations from Aalborg University in Denmark, he has written, taught, and provided expert analyses on issues related to the political economy of the Philippines, Malaysia, ASEAN, and North-South development relations.