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Duterte Claims that COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Crucial US Defense Pact
August 04, 2021

Duterte Claims that COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Crucial US Defense Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
The unsurprising revelation hints at the fundamentally transactional nature of Duterte's approach to the superpowers.

China’s Rise, South China Sea, and Rules-Based International Order: A View From the Philippines
August 04, 2021

China’s Rise, South China Sea, and Rules-Based International Order: A View From the Philippines

By Jongsoo Lee
Jay L. Batongbacal, an associate professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law, on the South China Sea disputes and international law.
Why Do Filipinos Keep Voting for Authoritarian Leaders?
August 02, 2021

Why Do Filipinos Keep Voting for Authoritarian Leaders?

By Gretchen Abuso
A lack of thorough education has helped blur the Philippines’ history – and the lessons of the past.

Philippines’ Duterte Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercises
July 30, 2021

Philippines’ Duterte Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercises

By Jim Gomez
The president has formally retracted his earlier letter announcing the termination of the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement.

Olympic Champion Hidilyn Diaz Deserves an Apology From the Philippine Government
July 29, 2021

Olympic Champion Hidilyn Diaz Deserves an Apology From the Philippine Government

By Mong Palatino
The Philippines’ first-ever gold medalist had an earlier claim to fame: being accused of conspiring against the Duterte administration.

Philippine President Duterte Unabashedly Threatens to Kill Drug Dealers
July 27, 2021

Philippine President Duterte Unabashedly Threatens to Kill Drug Dealers

By Jim Gomez
Duterte devoted most of a rambling, nearly three-hour televised speech to non-pandemic topics he has addressed repeatedly in the past.

US, Philippines Set to Reinforce Threatened Defense Accord
July 23, 2021

US, Philippines Set to Reinforce Threatened Defense Accord

By Sebastian Strangio
Both nations have a strong incentive to maintain the pact, but next year's election could complicate matters.
Why are Former Philippine Presidents Running for Lower-Level Posts?
July 07, 2021

Why are Former Philippine Presidents Running for Lower-Level Posts?

By Mong Palatino
President Duterte's mooted vice presidential run would follow in the footsteps of other recent ex-leaders.

What Do Filipino Maoists Think of China Now?
July 07, 2021

What Do Filipino Maoists Think of China Now?

By Michael Beltran
There’s no love lost between Philippine communists and the Chinese Communist Party.

Philippine Military’s Worst Air Disaster Kills 50, Wounds 49
July 05, 2021

Philippine Military’s Worst Air Disaster Kills 50, Wounds 49

By Jim Gomez
The doomed Lockheed C-130 Hercules was one of two ex-U.S. Air Force aircraft recently handed over to the Philippines.

US Clears F-16 Sale to Philippines as South China Sea Tensions Brew
June 30, 2021

US Clears F-16 Sale to Philippines as South China Sea Tensions Brew

By Nick Aspinwall
Whether Manila can afford them is another question.
Philippine Democracy Scion, Ex-President Benigno Aquino Dies
June 24, 2021

Philippine Democracy Scion, Ex-President Benigno Aquino Dies

By Jim Gomez
The former Philippine president, in office from 2010 to 2016, was the heir to a family legacy of opposition to authoritarianism.

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