Philippines elections: is democracy at stake? † TV shows

On Wednesday, May 4 at 19:30 GMT:
This week, the Philippines enters the final days of a presidential election that some analysts say could change the state of liberal democracy in the Asian nation.

Leader of the polls is Ferdinand Marcos Jr., whose name bears his father’s legacy of military dictatorship. In a country hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, many Filipinos are increasingly nostalgic for a return to Marcos’ presidency, despite its past association with human rights abuses and corruption.

Marcos Jr.’s biggest challenger. is current vice president and independent candidate Leni Robredo, whose “pink revolution” campaign for democracy, women’s rights and anti-violence has gained traction among young voters embittered by the past six years of President Rodrigo Duterte and his war on drugs .

In this episode of The Stream, we discuss what Filipinos want in their next president and what’s at stake in this year’s election.

In this episode of The Stream we speak with:
lian buan, @lianbuan
Journalist, Rappler

Richard Heydarian, @Richeydarian
Academic & columnist

Regine Cabato, @RegineCabato
Reporter, The Washington Post

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