Strategic and Political

Recorded Webinar | Philippines May 2022 Elections: Issues and Outlook in the Year Ahead

May 19, 2021, Wednesday
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EDT) in Washington DC


What will the upcoming election year in the Philippines look like? Join us as leading independent experts discuss the issues expected to shape the campaign, the political forces at work, the balance between domestic and foreign policy, and the players and possible coalitions vying for the country’s highest executive and legislative offices.

Panelists will address headline-making topics, including South China Sea tensions, US-PH security ties and relations with China, combating Covid-19 and re-energizing the economy, human rights and democracy, and the Duterte legacy, among others. Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia Forum Chair William Wise will moderate the program.




Patricio Abinales, Ph.D.
School of Pacific and Asian Studies
University of Hawaii-Manoa

sheila coronel

Sheila Coronel
Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism
Columbia University in New York City



School of Pacific and Asian Studies
University of Hawaii-Manoa

Patricio Abinales grew up on the northwestern side of the Philippine island of Mindanao. He graduated with a degree in History from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP), and Ph.D. in Government and Southeast Asian Studies from Cornell University. He taught at the Department of Political Science at Ohio University from 1997 to 1999 before moving to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University in 2000. From 2010-2011, Professor Abinales was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, where he did research on the political economy of US economic assistance in Muslim Mindanao.  In 2011 he joined the faculty of the Asian Studies Program at UH-Manoa.

His specialization includes Philippine politics (American colonialism; communist and Islamic insurgencies; the illicit sector; warlords and political clans). He has written several books including State and Society in the Philippines (with Donna J. Amoroso), 2017 (second edition); Orthodoxy and History in the Muslim Mindanao Narrative, 2010; and, Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the Formation of the Philippine Nation-State, 2020 (third edition).

Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism
Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism
Columbia University in New York City

Sheila Coronel is the director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and the Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. She began her reporting career in the Philippines and co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism in 1989. She has written and edited more than a dozen books on the Philippines, freedom of information and investigative journalism. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for journalism.


Non-resident Fellow
Stimson Center

 William M. Wise chairs the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia Forum, a project to promote the study of Southeast Asia at colleges, universities and research centers in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Stimson Center, affiliated with the Southeast Asia Program. Professor Wise’s government and teaching career focused on defense, security and intelligence issues in Asia. From 2005 to 2019 he managed the Southeast Asia Studies program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, and taught courses on Southeast Asia and intelligence problems in Asia.

Closing Remarks by US-Philippines Society Executive Director Hank Hendrickson





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