New & Noteworthy
The Honorable Antonio T. Carpio, Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, discusses the South China Sea disputes in an October 7, 2015 lecture at Columbia University. Moderated by Ann Marie Murphy, Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Co-sponsored by SEASI and the New York Southeast Asia Network.
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute
Grizelda Mayo-Anda and Justine Nicole V. Torres
Corruption is a continuing feature of the Philippines’ natural resource sectors. Given keen interest in the country’s REDD+ potential, it is useful to consider corruption risks related to REDD+ from a political economy perspective. This U4 Issue draws on fieldwork from two REDD+ pilot sites to assess current governance and anti-corruption safeguards related to benefit-sharing, land tenure rights for indigenous peoples, and private sector involvement.
By late 2013, a mass movement to protest against the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra – sister of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra – was gathering strength. The so-called PDRC (People’s Democratic Reform Committee) blocked several major intersections, pledging in January 2014 to ‘Shutdown Bangkok’. The protests peaked with the successful disruption of the February 2, 2014 elections: in districts such Rachathewi, seen here, ballot boxes were impounded by demonstrators.