Nation contributor Walden Bello ran for vice president of the Philippines on May 9, 2022. He is currently the international adjunct professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. A member of the Philippine Congress from 2009 to 2015, he has been charged with cyber libel by the camp of Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte for questioning the latter’s record as a public official in the run-up to the May 2022 Philippine elections.
Alongside rising protests from farmers and workers, China now confronts a middle class anxious about a slowdown in growth and burned by the stock market bust. It’s a volatile brew.