The New ‘New Society’? Analysing the 2022 Philippine Elections


About the Webinar

The recently concluded Philippine presidential election resulted in a landslide victory for Ferdinand Marcos Jr, son and namesake of the country’s former dictator. Sara Duterte, daughter of the incumbent president, also won as vice president in an apparent affirmation of the country’s present political course and rejection of liberalism. At the same time, a grassroots campaign by the opposition mobilised volunteers at an unprecedented scale, which scholars say marks an alternative to traditional patronage and machine politics. In the senate and local elections, political dynasties continued to prevail despite the clamour for progressive politics and political reforms.

This webinar will dissect the May 2022 Philippine elections by analysing salient issues, significant trends, and its likely consequences. What were the determining factors that influenced the 2022 elections? How will the country grapple with critical issues such as authoritarian nostalgia, political dynasty “cartelization”, disinformation, and pernicious polarisation? Will these political tremors reverberate in the economy and society? What will be the policy priorities of the incoming Marcos-Duterte administration? Are these political winds bending towards a “new society”, a concept popularised by the Marcos dictatorship in the 1970s? Is the country’s eroding democracy in further danger?

About the Speakers

Dr Ronald Holmes is Professor of Political Science at the De La Salle University in Manila, as well as the President of Pulse Asia Research Inc., one the two major public opinion polling firms in the Philippines. Dr Holmes previously served as Acting Executive Director of the Philippine Social Science Council and Chair of numerous technical panels by the Commission on Higher Education. His research expertise covers opinion polling, democratisation, and electoral politics in the Philippines.

Dr Maria Ela L. Atienza is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. She is also Editor of the Philippine Political Science Journal, the Scopus journal of the Philippine Political Science Association, and Co-Convenor of the Program on Social and Political Change of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She also served as Director of the UP Third World Studies Center (2010-2013) and President of the Philippine Political Science Association (2007-2009). Her research expertise covers Philippine local politics, human security, and health policy.

Dr Imelda Deinla is Associate Professor at the Ateneo School of Government, convenor of BOSES Pilipinas, and a former fellow at the Australian National University where she was the Inaugural Director of the Philippines Project. Her research projects have focused on policy-oriented studies of rule of law in non-Western settings, the interaction between formal and informal, hybrid, and local mechanisms for law, justice, and peacebuilding in Mindanao.



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May 27 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am