U.S. Empire and the War on Drugs in the Philippines
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has shocked the world with the sheer number of extrajudicial killings his campaign has racked up — 27,000 as of July 2019. But Filipinos have seen this kind of strongman before. Joy Sales, postdoctoral fellow in immigration, culture and law in the American Culture Studies program, highlights the threads that tie Duterte to Ferdinand Marcos and the Filipino elites who designed such tools of political repression from the very establishment of the colony.