Think Tank Research Reports
“Advisory on the Political Economy of The Death Penalty: GSP+ and Implications on the Philippines (CHR (V) A2021-007), Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines.
“How Duterte Strong-Armed Chinese Dam-Builders But Weakened Philippine Institutions,” in China
Local/Global Series, Carnegie Endowment For International Peace.
2022 Sociological Practice and Public Sociology’s Section’s Sociology Publication award.
“Chinese FDI in the Philippines: An Examination of Two Industries – Online Gambling and Energy,” in
Mitigating Governance Risk from Investments in Southeast Asia: A Study of Chinese Capital Flows in
Eight Countries. NED – Center for Integrated and Private Enterprises (CIPE).
“The Politics of Mineral Investments in the Philippines and Indonesia,” with Mary Silaban.
Occasional Papers Series, Stratbase- Alberto Del Rosario Institute (ADRI) for Strategic and International Studies. 1-18.
“Varieties of Capital: The Direction, Patterns, and Implications of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment
in the Philippines.” Occasional Paper Series, Stratbase-Alberto Del Rosario Institute a
(ADRI) for Strategic and International Studies. 1-15
“China’s Port Acquisitions in Sri Lanka and Djibouti: Lessons on Chinese Developmental Financing for
the Philippines.” Third Quarter SPARK, Stratbase-Alberto Del Rosario Institute
(ADRI) for Strategic and International Studies. 1-20.
“Contentious Capital: The Political Economy of Chinese Investments in the Philippines.” Occasional
Paper Series, Stratbase-Alberto Del Rosario Institute
(ADRI) for Strategic and International Studies. 1-16.
Op-Eds & Policy Briefs
“Marcos should revive Chinese-backed rail projects on new terms”
Nikkei Asia, August 11.
“The oligarchs likely to benefit most under Bongbong Marcos”
Nikkei Asia, June 19.
“China's BRI Is Aggravating Ethnic Tensions in the Global South,” with Gulalai Ismail,
The Diplomat, May 29.
“China's bet on Sara Duterte pays off”
Nikkei Asia, May 15.
“Beyond the Manchurian candidate.”
Rappler, April 14.
“Beyond Infrastructure: Chinese Capital in the Philippines Under Duterte,” with Rongchen Jiang,
The Diplomat, April 8.
“Bongbong Marcos will move the Philippines closer to China”
Nikkei Asia, April 5.
“Two of China’s Belt and Road Projects reveal a flaw in the G7’s new globalfinancing plan.”
Washington Post, June 29.
“Roundtable: Will the G7’s B3W Initiative change the game of global infrastructure development?”
Panda Paw Dragon Claw, June 29.
“Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park: how industrial policy reshapes Chinese investment and corporate
Panda Paw Dragon Claw, January 16.
“Chinese Power After Covid-19: The Ramifications of Pro- andCountercyclical Growth in the
Analyzing War, September 2.
“Chinese investment in Southeast Asia is nothing to fear” with Guanie Lim,
Nikkei Asian Review.
“Illicit Capital & Labor Inflows: Chinese Online Gambling in the Philippines.” Business & Human
Rights Resource Center
(BHRRC). Chinese translation
“The Varieties of Chinese Capital in the Developing World” Policy Brief,
Sociology of Development, Volume 1, Number 2.
“Where is China money going? Gambling, real estate, tours, big cities big winners” Philippine Center
for Investigative Journalism
(PCIJ), May 9.
“The ABC’s of Chinese State-Backed Finance, Foreign Direct Investments” with Stella Zhang,
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
(PCIJ), May 9.
“Inside a Chinese gambling entity: What happens, who works, how” Philippine Center for Investigative
(PCIJ), May 9.
“China Money: How the Numbers Differ”, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), May 9.
“The Politics of Vexed Capital: China’s Railway Projects in Southeast Asia” Panda Paw Dragon Claw
(PPDC), April 27.
“The Belt and Road: the good, the bad, and the mixed” The
Diplomat, Equal Co-authorship with Angela Tritto, April 15,
“The Philippines’ dilemma over Chinese capital,” East Asia Forum,
Equal Co-authorship with Aaron Chan, March 19.
“Examining Belt and Road “Debt Trap” Controversies in the Philippines,” China Brief,
Jamestown Foundation, January 19.
“The Limits of Duterte’s China Policy,” Pacific Forum,
Equal Co-authorship with Jeff Ordaniel, November 30.
“Why Is the Philippines the Home for Chinese Offshore Gambling?”
The Diplomat, November 22.
“The Winners and Losers of Duterte’s China Play,” South China Morning Post
(SCMP), September 30.
“China’s economic capital in the Philippines: Problems and prospects,”
East by Southeast, August 22.
“Claims about China’s ‘missing’ US$24 billion border on yellow journalism“,
East Asia Forum, August 20.
“What happened to the billions China pledged the Philippines? Not what you think.” South China
(SCMP), August 5.
“Myth-Busting Chinese FDI in the Philippines.” The
Diplomat, July 19.
“Assessing Duterte’s China Investment Drive.” The Interpreter at the
Lowy Institute, July 10.
“China’s Belt and Road Initiative Paved with Risks and Red Herrings.” equal co-authorship with Kuek
East Asia Forum, June 26.
“Understanding the Logic and Impact of Chinese Foreign Direct Investments in the Developing World.”
Scholars Strategy Network, April 18.
“The Philippines Foreign Direct Investment Boom: Comparing China with the Rest.” Asia Pacific
Pathways to Progress Foundation
(APPPF), April 10.
“The Philippines’ Chinese investment boom: more politics than geopolitics,”
New Mandala, January 30.
“The grand narratives of Chinese FDI aren’t’ so great after all”
East Asia Forum, January 9.
“Why did Chinese investment in the Philippines stagnate?”
East Asia Forum, December 12.
“Fact-checking critics of Chinese Aid,” East Asia
Forum, November 28.
Pre-Matriculation at the PhD Publications
“Religion, Disasters, and Colonial Power in the Spanish Philippines in the 16th to the 17th century,”
Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture (JRNC), 6(3), 215-21.
“Private-Led Suburbanization: Capital Accumulation and Real Estate Development in Post-War Greater
Manila, 1945-1960,” Philippine Social Science Review (PSSR), 11(2), 1-29.
“Diskurso ng Siyensiya: Kolonyal na Diskurso sa mga Sakuna Mula sa Panahon ng Instrumentasyon Tungo
sa Panahon ng mga Amerikano,” Daluyan: Journal ng
Wikang Pilipino, 16 (3), 119-131.
GCI Fellow, Global Development Policy Center (GDPC), Boston University
Fellow, Paramadina Institute for Public Policy, Indonesia
Non-Resident Fellow, Stratbase-ADR Institute (ADRI), Makati City, Philippines
Research Affiliate, Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore