Polarised and Mobilised? Examining 2022 Electoral Campaigns in the Philippines


About the Webinar

From the selection of campaign slogans to the formulation of policy agenda, elections serve as a two-way communication platform between those who aspire to govern and the sovereign public. The lead-up to the May 2022 Philippine elections witnessed a kaleidoscope of campaign strategies, narratives, and activities that indicate both novel forms of grassroots political participation and the resilience of traditional machine politics. What campaign strategies and issues, both new and old, have galvanised the population and what do these mean for the elections and beyond? What points for reflection can we draw from the conduct of the current elections? This webinar examines the various electoral campaigns in the Philippines for the 2022 elections and maps out the causes and consequences of these strategies. In addition, the event discusses near- and long-term scenarios for the Philippine political landscape and the state-of-play of future electoral campaigns.

About the Speakers

Dr Jean Encinas-Franco is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She specialises in gender studies, the politics of labour out-migration, and legislative politics. Before she entered the academe, she worked for 15 years at the Senate of the Philippines, where she was Director III of the Senate Economic Planning Office. She also lectured at the International Studies Department of Miriam College from 1999 to 2009 and was a Faculty Associate of its Women and Gender Institute.

Dr Cleo Calimbahin is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the De La Salle University-Manila. Her research focuses on election administration, corruption studies, and comparative democratisation. She co-edited the book Patronage Democracy: Clans, Clients, and Competition in Local Elections with Julio Teehankee (ADMU Press, 2022). She completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Fulbright Fellow.

Dr Carmel Abao is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. She specialises in social movement studies and international political economy. Before joining the academe, she was involved in a number of social movements in the country–as a labour organiser for Workers’ College (now defunct), an urban poor organiser for the Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA), deputy director of the Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD), and founding national secretary general of Akbayan (Citizens’ Action Party).


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Apr 20 2022


10:00 am - 11:15 am