Duterte and the Sense of Law in the Philippines

Remmon Barbaza

Remmon Barbaza

Wednesday, November 16
5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Fromm Hall - FR 115 - Berman Room

Speaker: Remmon Barbaza (Philosophy), Ateneo de Manila University

Duterte is no doubt a man of contradictions: He promised change, but threatens to bring the country back to the dark days of Martial Law. He is dead serious in combating lawlessness, but does so arguably outside the rule of law. He is forging peace with the communist Left, but does not hide his sympathy with the Marcoses, if not even adulation for the late dictator, ordering his burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery. He expressed support for the LGBT community, but is known for his womanizing and made a rape joke about a dead Australian missionary. The author proposes to look into the sense of law in the Philippines—in the everyday world—in the hope of making sense of what otherwise presents itself as a seeming implausibility.

Co-Sponsored by: Philosophy, Center for Asia Pacific Studies, Philippine Studies, Critical Diversity Studies

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Mortimer Fleishhacker Family Endowment for Philosophy at USF.