Southeast Asia Speaks: Walden Bello on Rodrigo Duterte and fascism

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President Rodrigo Duterte has been called a loud-mouthed leader who rules the Philippines with an iron first. His administration has led to what critics call the worst human rights crisis in the country, but is he a fascist?

For Walden Bello, Duterte is a "fascist original," and his rule coincides with the global spread of fascism, including in the region.

On Thursday, May 27, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Bello on the rise of fascism in Southeast Asia, and what are the warning signs of fascist leaders.

Bello is the co-chairperson of think tank Focus on the Global South and adjunct professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Bello holds a PhD in sociology from Princeton University.

He is also a former Akbayan representative who resigned in 2015.

What are the possible consequences of underestimating the global threat of would-be fascists?

Catch the interview at 7 pm on Thursday, May 27. –

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