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MANILA, Philippines – A new set of lawmakers will take their seats two months from now following the May 13 elections that saw administration candidates dominating the senatorial and other critical races in local areas. What’s next for the opposition? What’s the future of progressive politics in the Philippines?
Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin talks to Rappler on Friday, May 31, to help us make sense of what happened and what could happen under two chambers controlled by the Duterte administration.
Villarin will also tackle the challenges facing the progressive movement today, and the role it should play in preventing the slide to authoritarianism.
A native of Mindanao, Villarin is part of the opposition bloc in the House of Representatives who has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s key policies, notably the administration’s war on drugs and its various attempts to silence critics.
Akbayan lost in the party-list race in the last elections, its first defeat since it joined electoral politics in 1998. – Rappler.com