Specter of Dictatorship: The Rise of the Marcoses in the Time of Duterte

Colloquium with Raissa Robles, journalist and author

Monday, October 16, 2017
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Thirty-one years after the People’s Power revolution ousted the Marcos dictatorship, the Marcoses are vying for political power once again. This time, they are embraced by President Duterte, who refers to Ferdinand Marcos as the Philippine’s “best-ever president” and hero. For many who lived under the Marcos dictatorship, the current attacks on the media and encroachments on human rights and due process are raising fears that authoritarian rule could return.

Raissa Robles, a Manila-based award-winning investigative journalist, will share her insights into the significance of the rise of the Marcoses, how the same methods used by Marcos to establish authoritarian rule are being echoed by Duterte, and what it portends for the future.

Raissa Robles is author of Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, A brief history of torture and atrocity under the New Society, earning her the 2016 International Award for Excellence in Journalism by the Geneva-based International Christian Organization of the Media (ICOM). She is currently the Manila Correspondent for the South China Morning Post (HK) and Radio Netherlands. She has contributed to Asiaweek, Asia Inc., and Riyahd Daily, as well as The Times of London and BBC Radio, with source interviews with Australian News Network and Voice of America.

Nguyet Tong
(310) 206-9163

Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Center, Asian American Studies Department