Philippines Post-Election Discussion with Maria C. Ortuoste and Ryan Macasero

Philippine politics can only be described as the coexistence of contradictions – the continuation of patronage within a democratic political system, the persistence of politicians from elite families, the entry of new politicians from showbiz and grassroots organizations, a civil society divided, enduring machismo versus female empowerment, to name a few.

Rodrigo Duterte can be said to be the personification of those contradictions. In this talk hosted by the Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group, Maria C. Ortuoste and Ryan Macasero will examine the man (man of prowess or deathmonger?), his policies (something new or something old?) and the composition of his government (trusted civil servants or trusted friends?).  In the end, they hope to discuss how Duterte’s administration came to power and whether or not he will be able to change the course of Philippine politics.


Maria C. Ortuoste is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, East Bay. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2008. Dr. Ortuoste has taught professional courses in international security, peacekeeping, diplomacy, conflict resolution, and negotiation to diplomats and military officers. She is currently teaching courses in international relations, international security, and comparative politics of Asia.

Ryan Macasero is a reporter for Rappler, the online social news network. Based in the Philippines, he covered the 2016 elections as a correspondent in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Ryan is a 2013 awardee of the New America Media Ethnic Media Awards for Southern California and was nominated twice by the Philippine American Press Club for the 2012 Plaridel Awards for Filipino American Journalism.

Event details
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
341 Dwinelle, Level F/G