Populist Violence and Social Resistance: The Catholic Church and the Philippine Drug War

Steven Brooke, David Buckley, Clarissa David, Ronald Mendoza

“Populists often demonize outgroups while undermining institutions that protect citizens against the abuse of state power. Under these conditions, how can vulnerable communities protect themselves? […] Focusing on the Philippine Catholic Church in the country’s ongoing “Drug War,” we identify five potential mechanisms producing protection. Directly, these actors can raise attention, offer sanctuary, or disrupt enforcement, while indirectly they can shrink vulnerable populations and build local solidarity.”