Maria Karla Abigail Pangilinan

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Independent Researcher

Research Profile

For the past year, along with colleagues, theatre writer, Mixkaela Villalon and conflict
specialist, Ica Fernandez, I have been doing research on the effect of the Philippine
war on drugs on various aspects of social life, particularly on the part of the poor.
With the objective of reaching a wider audience, we released the first output of the
study as a journalistic piece published in partnership with the Philippine Centre for
Investigative Journalism, with Dean Sheila Coronel of the Columbia School of Investigative Journalism serving as one of our mentors.

The research work to look into the different facets of the Philippine drug war is an on-
going project. In partnership with different groups, mostly non-government organizations and church-based groups, for data collection, this research paved way
for us to personally interact with victims of the extrajudicial killing and it showed how
the Duterte administration is using punitive approaches to address the alleged
problem of drug use. These interactions further highlighted the need to have policies
that would look at drug use as a health condition and not as a crime. Joining this
workshop would enable me to gain a deeper understanding on the intersections
between drug policy, human rights and development. Further, the learnings will serve
as input to the continuous effort to collect empirical evidence on the effects of
punitive drug policies on the people, particularly the marginalized.

English, Tagalog

Co-author. Resist, Adapt, Submit: Barangay officials make tough choices in the drug war.
Published by the Philippine Centre for Investigative Journalism and other major news
networks. [online]. 18 May 2018.
• Co-author. Opinion: Scrapping 4Ps program doesn’t make sense. Published by Rappler.
[online]. 2 June 2018.
• Co-author. Cash Transfer Program: Right to education, health and development. Talk of the
Town. Philippine Daily Inquirer. [Published]. 6 November 2010.
• Author. Comfort in strangeness in Albert Camus’ ‘The Stranger’. Lifestyle Section: Philippine
Star. [Published]. 6 January 2008.
• Author. War Within: Violence, Poverty and Conditional Cash Transfers in Metro Manila.
Dissertation. London School of Economics and Political Science. [Unpublished]. August 2017.
• Co-author. Unsafe Spaces: weaponizing institutions and communities against the poor in the
Philippine drug war. [unpublished]. August 2018.
• Author. Postcolonial contestations: Metro Manila’s development and it’s imperial past.
[working paper] [unpublished]. August 2017.