About Michael Henry Yusingco

Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco is a legislative and policy consultant, published author, and lectures part-time at the School of Law and Governance, University of Asia and the Pacific in the Philippines. He conducts research on state-building, decentralisation and constitutionalism.

The Philippines

Martial law in the southern Philippines: understanding the fine print

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Understanding the introduction of martial law on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines is a matter of understanding the fine print. Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco explains Filipinos were caught off-guard by President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law over Mindanao on May 23 this year, however their reaction was one of measured acceptance. In […]

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Filipino youth show their democratic colours

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Young people in the Philippines are reawakening to their historical role of initiating social and political change, Michael Henry Yusingco believes. Returning home recently to the Philippines to give a lecture on constitutional rights to a political science class at Ateneo de Manila University, I found myself, two days after the lecture, again with students […]

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Filipinos remain wary of constitutional change

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Can Rodrigo Duterte achieve constitutional reform where three previous presidents have failed?  Having won the recent election on a platform that included giving serious consideration to federalising the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte again declared his support for this huge political transformation in his inaugural State of the Nation Address. Many Filipinos, however, remain wary of […]

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Atoning for the sins of the father

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Bongbong Marcos’s bid for the vice-presidency could be a test for the maturity of Philippine democracy Around the period that the Philippines was under the authoritarian regime of Ferdinand Marcos (1965–86), South Korea was under the military dictatorship of Park Chung-hee (1963–79). The restoration of democracy in both countries was finally accomplished by popular revolt, […]

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New chance to end Mindanao’s religious divisions

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The Philippine government has an opportunity to rethink its approach before general elections in May to ending long-standing divisions on the southern island of Mindanao Aboriginality on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao is distinguished between Lumad, a local dialect term meaning native or indigenous, and Moro, derived from the English word Moor and used […]

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The rocky road to federation in the Philippines

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MICHAEL HENRY YUSINGCO questions the readiness of Filipinos to move towards a federal form of government. Federalism is a buzzword in the Philippines these days. A former chief justice of the Supreme Court, Reynato Puno, recently launched a highly publicised national renewal movement, Bagong Sistema, Bagong Pag-asa (New System, New Hope), calling for a change […]