Experts gather to look at why 'strongman leaders' become presidents


Posted at Feb 08 2017 10:14 PM

A 2-day conference to be held at University of the Philippines aims to let Filipinos reflect on the trend of electing strongman leaders, “from Quezon to Marcos and Duterte,” as well as to see what possible paths the country could take in the government’s quest for peace and security.

A talk will be given by American historian Alfred McCoy, who was behind stories revealing that the medals of late President Ferdinand Marcos were fake, as well the abuses he committed during his term.

Other speakers will touch on issues relevant to Filipinos, such as mass transit, and the contrasts presented by having authoritarian leaders in a democratic government.

Some sessions will touch on topics such as the role of new media in governance, and the issues presented by technology in today’s fast-paced, information-centric world, while others will discuss changes being made by social movement followers such as communists in the country.

“The Third World Studies Center in its 40th Year: An International Conference” will be held Thursday and Friday at GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Asian Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Interested parties can go to the conference’s official website ( for more information.