Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines



A multisectoral undertaking to produce, and subsequently disseminate, rigorous research outputs that can sustain an evidence-based intervention in ongoing public debates in the Philippines about violence and tendencies towards authoritarianism.




We first want to address what exactly is happening in localities before asking the question why a phenomenon is happening in these localities.

Variation Across Localities

Elaborating on what explains variation among multiple cases might potentially constitute one of the most important innovative analytical insights to this project.


Multidisciplinary Approach

We do not favor one particular research methodology over another but instead adopt a multidisciplinary research approach.



Case Studies

The research introduces 11 case studies based on the deployment and experiences of violence in different localities across the country, as well as the creation of a database in counting the dead from Duterte’s war on drugs.


The War on Drugs, The Abra Story

Abstract The drug situation in the province of Abra has been the subject of vacillating narratives.From being reported as having the worst case in its region in July 2016, to being, albeitunofficially, declared as drug-free just six-months into the Duterte...

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Factors and Forces That Led to The Marawi Debacle

(This is an excerpt from a case study written by the author for the project, “Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines.” The project is a joint undertaking by the Third World Studies Center, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the...

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Mirroring Duterte

by Karol Ilagan, Agatha Fabricante, and Christine Fabro | Case Studies, Mindanao (This is an excerpt from a case study written by the authors for the project, “Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines.” The project is a joint undertaking by the Third...

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Database of Drug-Related Deaths

This section details the experience of the researchers in developing the database in counting the dead, as well as the template, coding guide, etc. The files are free to download to promote our advocacy of documenting these violent deaths prone to erasure from the collective memory.

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Open Access Book

This section shares the edited volume based on the case studies. The book and its chapters are free to download or share to promote our advocacy of sharing the results of evidence-based research to the public. All book chapters will be made available mid-2020.

Special issue


Philippine Journal of Third World Studies

This section features the special issue of Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies which contains the articles written as part of the Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines project. This special issue is available online and is free to download.