Democracy Under Threat: Post-Truth Politics and the Authoritarian Tendency in the Philippines (71377)

Session Information: E-democracy & Elections

Session Chair: Rosalie Arcala Hall

Friday, 30 June 2023 10:50
Session: Session 1
Room: Lecture Room 1
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

The term post-truth politics has gained traction, especially amidst the contemporary resurgence of authoritarian-populist regimes. Today, political landscape where boundaries between fact and fiction have been blurred extends reach to regions of the Global South, like the Philippines. In this paper, we examine how post-truth characterizes today’s Philippine political landscape. We will further investigate the basis behind the emergence of a post-truth political landscape by elaborating on the institutional, technological, and social bases behind its emergence and sustenance in the Philippines. This paper contends that post-truth politics (or any politics for this matter) does not arbitrarily arise out from a social vacuum but from social arrangements that, wittingly or unwittingly, aid in its development. To do this, we review some important literature on post-truth on the one hand and Philippine politics and elections on the other. The aim is to present the challenges of today’s post-truth political landscape to the country’s democracy and provide recommendations for policy making.

Noe John Joseph Sacramento, University of the Philippines Cebu, Philippines
Regletto Aldrich Imbong, University of the Philippines Cebu, Philippines

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