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July 25 – The Philippines: A Mid-Term Assessment


Thursday July 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Butler Room

1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036-2103


With the newly elected 18th Congress seated this month, Ms. Marites Vitug will provide a review of the May election outcome and shape of the House and Senate for the next three years, along with a mid-term assessment of the Duterte Administration’s domestic and foreign policy agenda. Please join us for a roundtable presentation and discussion featuring one of the Philippines’ leading independent journalists and writers on governance and public policy.

Marites D. Vitug
Author and Investigative Journalist

Marites Danguilan Vitug is one of the Philippines’ most accomplished and respected investigative journalists, winning awards and public recognition for her books and reportage on Philippine justice, security, and political affairs.

She is author of “Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China” (Ateneo Press, 2018). Her previous book on the Supreme Court, Shadow of Doubt, laid out the premises for the present volume and earned her libel suits, since withdrawn – two of many she has faced. Marites is also the author of Power from the Forest: The Politics of Logging, her first book and a pioneering work on governance and the environment, Under the Crescent Moon: Rebellion in Mindanao (with Glenda Gloria), Jalan-Jalan: A Journey through EAGA (with Criselda Yabes), which was chosen by Asiaweek as one of the best books on Asia (1999), and Our Rights Our Victories: Landmark Cases in the Supreme Court (with Criselda Yabes).

A former Harvard Nieman Fellow and Asian Public Intellectual, Marites edited the pioneering political newsmagazine Newsbreak and has reported for Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday. She worked with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, which received grants from the Asia Foundation from 1990-1998. Her opinion pieces have been published in the International Herald Tribune and Asahi Shimbun. She is now editor-at-large for Rappler ( and president of the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation.

Marites has a degree in A.B Communications from the University Of The Philippines and pursued Postgraduate Studies in World Politics from the London School of Economics.

This event is co-organized by the US-Philippines Society and the Asia Foundation. For inquiries, please call 202-525-3982 or email



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