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Duterte's Ambition: A Challenging Future for the Philippines

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La Trobe University - City Campus

Board Room, Level 20

360 Collins Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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The Philippines’ maverick president, Rodrigo Duterte, has had a turbulent first year in office.

His crime fighting agenda, popular with the middle class during the election, has delivered a bloody and devastating war on drugs with crowded prisons and thousands killed in the streets. Internal conflict with Islamic State-backed groups has led to martial law on the island of Mindanao and threats of civil war. All the while international relations have been mixed, fuelled by criticism for the president’s poorly regarded remarks and brash attitude.

At the same time the government is pushing ahead with bold initiatives. ‘Dutertenomics’, anchored by an ambitious infrastructure development plan, aims to fuel the economy and improve the lives of Filipinos.

With five years left in his term of presidency, what can the Philippines and the world expect from Duterte? Will a stronger, more prosperous country become evident under his rule? Or are tougher, more turbulent times ahead for the country?


In this discussion two experts give their assessment of how Duterte has fared in his first year.
  • Dr Nicole Curato is an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She provides regular media commentary on politics in the Philippines.
  • Professor Nick Bisley is the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University.

The discussion is presented by La Trobe Asia in partnership with the Philippines Australia Studies Centre.

A light lunch will be provided from 12.00pm (please contact the organiser if you have any dietary requirements)

The discussion will start promptly at 12.30pm.

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