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I am mainly interested in the study of Hybrid Regimes. For my dissertation, I am currently working on the relationship between democratization and urbanization. My other research interests includes Political Economy, Political Thought, Political Ideology and Southeast Asian Politics.
Over the past year, netizens made calls to stop romanticizing "resilience" in the wake of growing discontent over government mismanagement and inadequacies in addressing the impacts of the current pandemic and recent typhoons. Rather than express their grievances in political processes, Filipinos tend to simply adapt and remain silent. Why do Filip...
In the Philippines, local governments are at the frontline of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. While the national government has focused on building the capacities of the health system, mobilizing national resources, and issuing policies, interpreting and implementing actual measures have been largely left at the hands of local government units. T...
Southeast Asia's ethnic, political and cultural diversity continues to pose major policy and governance hurdles in enforcing a common community born out of the post-colonial nationalist baggage of almost all the region's countries. ASEAN's "non-interference" clause gives leeway to each member state to respond to its ethnic diversity with nation-bui...
"Discussions of populism often reduces it to the actions and rhetoric of individuals. President Duterte has become the latest populist bogeyman a fashionable object of analysis. As a result, discussions on the Duterte phenomenon have remained disjointed and unclear with multiple distinct labels such as fascist, strongman, nationalist, and Maoist. T...
Kusaka’s work is indeed important, but his findings beg the question: Aren’t moral politics mere extensions of ideological conflicts? Is moral politics a shorthand for ideology or is it a distinct phenomenon that has taken ideology’s place in Philippine politics?
The current presentation is part of an ongoing project of collaborators driven by the question of growing incidences of ethnic conflict within Southeast Asian countries. The current paper focuses on countries that were former territories of what was called ”French Indochina”--Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. These now sovereign states continue to reinfo...
Up to the eve of the unveiling of ASEAN Regional Integration in 2015, cases of ethnic and racial discrimination have been reported within ASEAN member countries, with the persecution of the Rohingya of Myanmar being just one of many. This study is a preliminary look at how negative race and ethnic relations between ASEAN nationals have not abated,...
Why is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s regional integration experiencing roadblocks, as shown in the re-emergence of racial conflicts among Southeast Asian nationals? Up to the eve of the unveiling of ASEAN Regional Integration in 2015, cases of racial discrimination have been reported among ASEAN member countries, with the per...
This is an initial foray into documenting manifestations of political elitism in the Philippines, situated in the context of highly-urbanized, socially-mobile and capital-embedded social sectors. Taking cues from the mythicized image of the 19th century young, educated Filipino elite historically branded as ilustrados, select enclaves of self-procl...
An ongoing project of collaborators driven by the question of growing incidences of ethnic conflict within Southeast Asian countries--all of them members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The project seeks to establish facts, document cases, and make sense of the following observations: First, how Southeast Asia’s ethnic, political, and cultural diversity is already posing a major hurdle towards a common community--at least as delineated within the bounds of ASEAN's regional and international rhetoric; Second, how ASEAN’s “non-interference” clause allows each member state to respond to diversity with exclusionary and discriminatory nation-building, as a means of increasing legibility in governance; Third, how a new proposed model shows how each Southeast Asian country's nation-building policies favor a particular/existing ethnic or “ethno-religious” majority, resemble racist ideology, causing domestic conflicts and stymies meaningful regional exchange. The project also desires to lead through further points of inquiry and research to address this phenomenon.