Saturday, April 03, 2021

A Running Casualty Count of Duterte's Drug War

The killings continue. Nearing five years after Duterte unleashed his deadly drug war and in the middle of a pandemic, suspected individuals in the drug trade continue to be killed. This is a running casualty count of Duterte's drug war.

For the 1st Quarter of 2021, 186 were killed in Duterte's drug war. Most of the killings were perpetrated by state agents. NCR tops with the most number of drug-related killings, followed by Cavite, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, and Davao Del Sur respectively.

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For an in-depth discussion on how we come up with the numbers and what the numbers meant, please go to our website

Thursday, September 10, 2020

In Memoriam: Prof. Laura L. Samson

The UP Third World Studies Center (TWSC) condoles with the family of Prof. Laura L. Samson, who passed away this morning, September 10, 2020. She was a retired professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Professor Samson also served as deputy director of TWSC from 2017 to 2019. Her active engagement and support for TWSC went back to its early formative years in the late '70s and in the '80s. In 2010, she co-edited with then TWSC director Prof. Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem the book Marxism in the Philippines: Continuing Engagements. She was also highly instrumental in elevating the standard and the quality of work that went into the publication of TWSC's in-house journal, the Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. In 2004 she became the journal's editorial consultant/supervisor, a post she held until her appointment as deputy director. Professor Samson, "Ma'am Lau" to the staff, was as caring to her work colleagues as she was deeply dedicated in turning in scholarly works that were not only well-argued, but must also be well-written (she made a virtue of almost always knowing the precise word or punctuation to use). Disagreements between Kasarinlan's editorial staff and Professor Samson regarding the journal's content were not uncommon. But it was precisely this constant, but always mutually respectful back-and-forth that continues to drive the staff to be their own worst critics in their research and publications endeavors. It was mentorship at its best. She will be deeply missed.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

A Special Issue of Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies on Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines

A special issue of Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies on violence, human rights, and democracy in the Philippines has just been released. It is free to read and download. Get it here

TWSC Launches New Website on Violence

To celebrate its 43rd founding anniversary today, the Third World Studies Center launches the website as part of its three-year research and advocacy collaboration with Ghent University on "Violence, Human Rights, and Democracy in the Philippines." A multidisciplinary network of academics, long-time activists, and veteran journalists did the research for the project.

For this soft launch, the Dahas (Violence) website conveys the preliminary information on the project's case studies from different localities across the country, an in-house database on counting the dead in the drug war with downloadable templates and how-to guides, as well as curated scholarly and popular resources on violence in the Philippines.

TWSC's international peer-reviewed journal Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies will release a special issue based on select case studies this February. By mid-2020, the Dahas website will also make available to the public an edited volume based on the case studies. Both the journal issue and the book will be available for free online.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Emerald O. Flaviano Is Recipient of the 2020 Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (Researcher Category)

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) is proud and honored that one of its research staff, Emerald O. Flaviano, is recipient of the 2020 Gawad Tsanselor sa Natatanging Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (Researcher Category).

In his nomination for Em, TWSC Director, Dr. Joseph E. Palis, cited her

[C]onsistent . . . professionalism and dedication. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences . . . . continues to write scholarly film reviews . . . . [and has had the published output of her project, "Cinemalaya and the Filmic Articulation of the 'Filipino Experience'" included in] library holdings from Hamburg, Germany to Texas, U.S.A. . . .The administrative and research staff of TWSC is confident that Em will continue to do her work at the Center with the same commitment and high work ethic.
Em will receive the award from UP Diliman Chancellor Dr. Michael L. Tan on February 28, 2020 at the UP Theater.

From UPDate Diliman, "13 awarded Gawad Tsanselor 2020" (March 10, 2020):
Natatanging REPS. Emerald O. Flaviano is a University Research Associate I at the Third World Studies Center (TWSC). She was recognized for her efficiency in the concept, design and implementation of research projects; for publishing her research works in local and international peer-reviewed journals; for her sharp critiques of many independent films as a member of the Young Critics Film Desk; and for her important contributions to extension services as Associate Editor of “Kasarinlan” of the TWSC.