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Why Is Rodrigo Duterte Still Popular in the Philippines?
October 21, 2020

Why Is Rodrigo Duterte Still Popular in the Philippines?

By Mong Palatino
Despite allegations of corruption and his ineptitude in handling the COVID-19 crisis, the Philippine leader's popularity continues to climb.

Duterte: Hold Me Responsible for Killings in Drug Crackdown
October 20, 2020

Duterte: Hold Me Responsible for Killings in Drug Crackdown

By Associated Press
"If you get killed, it's because I'm enraged by drugs," Duterte said. 
4 Reasons the Philippines Needs Public Asset Disclosures From Its Politicians
October 16, 2020

4 Reasons the Philippines Needs Public Asset Disclosures From Its Politicians

By Ronald U.Mendoza and Michael Yusingco
The Philippines’ anti-corruption body has declined to make financial disclosures public. That’s a big problem.

Philippines Lifts Ban on South China Sea Energy Exploration
October 16, 2020

Philippines Lifts Ban on South China Sea Energy Exploration

By Associated Press
The decision comes after a six-year hiatus on oil and gas exploration in areas west of the Philippines.

Philippine House Speaker Squabble Ends, Clearing Way for Budget Deliberations
October 15, 2020

Philippine House Speaker Squabble Ends, Clearing Way for Budget Deliberations

By Nick Aspinwall
A disagreement over a term-sharing plan led to a standoff between two rivals for the House speaker position that almost turned ugly.

Why the Philippines Needs to Establish a Sovereign Wealth Fund
October 12, 2020

Why the Philippines Needs to Establish a Sovereign Wealth Fund

By Mark Manantan, Emerson M. Sanchez and Jayson S. Lamchek
The country needs to ensure that its bounty of offshore wealth benefits the people, not just a privileged elite.

Amid a Pandemic, Evictions Plague the Philippines 
October 09, 2020

Amid a Pandemic, Evictions Plague the Philippines 

By Michael Beltran
How can Filipinos, especially low-income families, stay at home when they are being forced into homelessness? 
Philippines Reports Slight Downturn in COVID-19 Cases
October 08, 2020

Philippines Reports Slight Downturn in COVID-19 Cases

By Nick Aspinwall
An independent research group says the country’s COVID-19 curve is flattening, but questions remain about trends outside of Metro Manila.

Understanding the Plague of Violence and Impunity on Negros Island
October 06, 2020

Understanding the Plague of Violence and Impunity on Negros Island

By Luke Lischin
There persists on Negros a climate of violence and impunity supported by, but beyond the control of, the Duterte administration.

China’s Disinformation Campaign in the Philippines
October 06, 2020

China’s Disinformation Campaign in the Philippines

By Gregory Winger
The Philippines has been the perfect target for Chinese political interference – but it won’t be Beijing’s last victim.

Philippines Scrambles to Open Schools Despite Calls for Postponement
October 02, 2020

Philippines Scrambles to Open Schools Despite Calls for Postponement

By Nick Aspinwall
The education department is rushing to deliver learning modules that would allow students to take classes at home, but not everyone is convinced it’s safe.
How the Philippine Army Can Find Its Place in the South China Sea
September 30, 2020

How the Philippine Army Can Find Its Place in the South China Sea

By Mark Payumo
Manila can exact land-based ownership of the maritime domain with a smarter strategy.

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