The 2019 Philippine Elections: Consolidating Power in an Eroding Democracy

by Aries A. Arugay, PhD

The outcome of the 2019 midterm elections in the Philippines displayed the domineering political influence of President Rodrigo Duterte, a crowded-out opposition, and the limits of his promise for genuine and meaningful socio-political change.

Civil Society Movements as Anti-Political Dynasty Champions: An Analysis

by Dennis V. Blanco, DPA

The 2019 Philippine midterm elections is already over; yet, the results still generally reveal that dynastic families continue to dominate electoral contests both at the national and local levels.

Recent Legislative Attempts to Limit or Ban Political Dynasties in the Senate: An Analysis of the Anti-Dynastic Provisions

by Dennis V. Blanco, DPA

With the 2019 midterm elections already over, the clamor for the swift passage of an anti-political dynasty law still persists.

Fact-check: Jinggoy ad on student employment needs context

by Lyra Lucero and Alyassa Lagua

A campaign ad crediting to Senate hopeful Jinggoy Estrada the law requiring employers to pay no lower than the minimum wage poor students who work during school breaks under the government’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) needs context.

Should environmental issues matter to Filipino voters?

by Ruth R. Lusterio-Rico, PhD

Does the environment matter during elections? Do Filipino voters give importance to environmental issues and consider these when choosing their national and local leaders? Do candidates actually run with an environmental agenda?

Proportional representation? Party-list organizations in the May 2019 elections

by Rogelio Alicor L. Panao, PhD

So you completed your list of 12 senators to pick. Two weeks into the polls, you already have an idea which local candidates will deliver the goods. You are also pretty certain which district candidate will truly speak for your community.

One in five party-lists competing in 2019 elections linked to the administration

by Camille Joyce M. Lisay

One in five parties under the party-list system competing in the May 13, 2019 elections have links to the current administration.

Uncontested Seats

by Jan Robert R. Go

Aside from electing 12 new members of the Philippine Senate, the Filipino people will also elect 245 district representatives, 81 governors and vice-governors, 145 city mayors and vice-mayors, and 1,489 municipal mayors and vice-mayors, or a total of 3,675 positions up for election at the local level.

Media in (and in-between) Elections

by Perlita M. Frago-Marasigan, PhD

Can you imagine elections without free media?

In this scenario, candidates will have to stretch the campaign periods for longer hours to factor in the travel time.  They will need to visit each village of every municipality, city or province before they can move on to another to maximize their votes.