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Book Review: Moral Politics in the Philippines: Inequality, Democracy and the Urban Poor, by Wataru Kusaka

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Planning Theory | Sage | Published : 2019


In February 1986, the world witnessed how Filipinos from various sectors toppled the dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. through peaceful demonstrations. The Philippines sud- denly became an international darling of democracy, inspiring some social movements elsewhere in their struggle against authoritarianism. A decade and a half later, in 2001 the Filipino middle class ousted the populist president Joseph Estrada after a series of politi- cal rallies on the same street where the 1986 protests took place – Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Yet, 3 months after, another mass of people – mostly urban poor – con- gregated on EDSA demanding the re-instalment of the deposed Estrada. These events ca..

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