Divining Duterte: Perspectives, Policies, Performance (Paperback)

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First published as opinion pieces, the essays in Divining Duterte provide contemporaneous commentaries on the context, course and consequences of the policies Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pursued after his 2016 election.

Duterte became the first president in seventy years to come from Mindanao and the first to vault from a city mayor’s office to Malacañang Palace. Exploiting the potential of social media, Duterte was an Asian example of the elected “populist strongman,” like Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Hungary’s Orbal, and Russia’s Putin. His policies challenged the commitment to established political values assumed unassailable: human rights and the rule of law; separation of powers; and the preference to ally with the United States and other nations that shared its democratic liberal values rather than with authoritarian regimes. Despite these policies and problems coping with the pandemic, public opinion polls rewarded him with high approval ratings.

Restricted to a single presidential term, he will inevitably exert an influence on the 2022 elections. Duterte’s 2016 underdog victory rewrote the rules for presidential politics.

About the Author

Edilberto C. de Jesus served as president of: Far Eastern University (1995-2002); the University of the Cordilleras (2008-2009); and the Asian Institute of Management (2009-2012), where he now holds a Professor Emeritus appointment. In 1987, President Corazon Aquino appointed him Deputy Peace Commissioner, on secondment from AIM, where he was Chair of the Rural Development Management Program. In 1988, he received a concurrent appointment in the Cabinet as Presidential Adviser on Rural Development (1988-1992).

Praise For…

"Well-crafted essays, drawing on years in academe and government service, elicit from successive scandals broad reflections about the art of governance and the profession of politics." Alfred W. McCoy Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

"Combining an insider’s insights with a scholar’s deliberative analysis and a historian’s reflective perspective, the author’s unflinching cut-and-thrust style helps penetrate the politics often perplexing to foreign observers, while provoking Filipino readers to reconsider their own experiences." Linda Lim, Ph.D., University of Michigan.

"With the quality of public discourse at historic lows, we sorely need a voice like that of de Jesus, intellectually honest, sane, modulated yet deeply felt and thought." Resil B. Mojares, Ph.D., Philippine National Artist

Product Details
ISBN: 9789814954747
ISBN-10: 9814954748
Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA
Publication Date: October 15th, 2021
Pages: 334
Language: English

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