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A Brief History of Charter Change Attempts in the Philippines
February 02, 2021

A Brief History of Charter Change Attempts in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
Successive Filipino leaders have sought to amend the country's constitution. Will Rodrigo Duterte succeed where his predecessors have failed?

Independent Philippines Human Rights Probe Launches New Investigations
January 28, 2021

Independent Philippines Human Rights Probe Launches New Investigations

By Nick Aspinwall
Investigate PH was created in response to a U.N. decision not to launch an independent international probe into Philippines human rights abuses.
Duterte’s Security Detail Received a ‘Gift’ of Unauthorized Chinese Vaccines
January 08, 2021

Duterte’s Security Detail Received a ‘Gift’ of Unauthorized Chinese Vaccines

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippine president has ordered his security unit not to cooperate with those probing their use of an unapproved China-made vaccine.

Duterte and Philippine Mayors Trade Loyalty for Drug Killings, Study Shows
December 04, 2020

Duterte and Philippine Mayors Trade Loyalty for Drug Killings, Study Shows

By Nick Aspinwall
Local officials have driven the Philippine president’s deadly drug war by ramping up anti-drug operations in exchange for political support.

What the Philippines Can Learn from Myanmar’s Election
November 23, 2020

What the Philippines Can Learn from Myanmar’s Election

By Mong Palatino
Lesson #1: Stinging international rebukes over human rights abuses do not necessarily translate into fewer votes.

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.

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.
US Bill Aims to End Aid to Philippines Military and Police
September 25, 2020

US Bill Aims to End Aid to Philippines Military and Police

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippine Human Rights Act would end American security assistance to Manila unless it commits to reforms.

Why Are Filipinos Celebrating a Former Dictator?
September 14, 2020

Why Are Filipinos Celebrating a Former Dictator?

By Sebastian Strangio
The rehabilitation of Ferdinand Marcos is a sign of the public's continuing discontent with the status quo.

Controversial China Projects Reveal Philippine Rifts
September 11, 2020

Controversial China Projects Reveal Philippine Rifts

By Sebastian Strangio
Two more recent deals highlight the contradictions that have resulted from the Duterte administration's "pivot to China."

Chinese Premier: China-Philippines Relations as Warm as Manila’s Weather
November 16, 2017

Chinese Premier: China-Philippines Relations as Warm as Manila’s Weather

By Charlotte Gao
China and the Philippines agree to resolve differences over the South China Sea and enhance mutual cooperation.
Rising Outrage Over Duterte’s War on Drugs in the Philippines
September 12, 2017

Rising Outrage Over Duterte’s War on Drugs in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
A reported surge of extrajudicial killings victimizing children has exacerbated concerns about the campaign.

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