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Duterte Eyes Former Investigation Chief to Lead Embattled Health Insurance Agency
September 05, 2020

Duterte Eyes Former Investigation Chief to Lead Embattled Health Insurance Agency

By Nick Aspinwall
Dante Gierran has been nominated to lead PhilHealth, under fire for numerous corruption allegations, despite having no experience in the public health sector.

Are Schools in the Philippines Ready to Open in a Pandemic?
August 19, 2020

Are Schools in the Philippines Ready to Open in a Pandemic?

By Mong Palatino
The start of the school year in the Philippines has been delayed, again. Can the Duterte government gets its act together?
From Rebels to Rulers: The Challenges of the Bangsamoro Government in Mindanao
August 12, 2020

From Rebels to Rulers: The Challenges of the Bangsamoro Government in Mindanao

By Miyoko Taniguchi
The newly created government already faced a steep learning curve, with the peace process at stake. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures as COVID-19 Cases Rise and Economy Plunges
August 07, 2020

Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures as COVID-19 Cases Rise and Economy Plunges

By Nick Aspinwall
Metro Manila is back in lockdown and the Philippines has overtaken Indonesia as the Southeast Asian country with the most COVID-19 cases.

Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges
August 03, 2020

Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges

By Associated Press
Starting Tuesday, the metro Manila area and five densely populated provinces will revert to strict quarantine regulations.

Duterte Takes Aim at ‘Oligarchs’ in Address to Nation as Philippines’ COVID-19 Cases Rise
July 28, 2020

Duterte Takes Aim at ‘Oligarchs’ in Address to Nation as Philippines’ COVID-19 Cases Rise

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippine president threatened to shut down major telecom operators and said Beijing was “in possession” of the South China Sea.

Duterte Threatens Criminals, Seeks Death Penalty for Drugs 
July 28, 2020

Duterte Threatens Criminals, Seeks Death Penalty for Drugs 

By Associated Press
The Philippine president is also seeking emergency powers and urging the return of the death penalty for drug crimes.
Philippines Announces New Coronavirus Measures, Alarming Rights Groups
July 17, 2020

Philippines Announces New Coronavirus Measures, Alarming Rights Groups

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippines will send police door-to-door to usher COVID-19 patients with mild or no symptoms into government quarantine facilities.

How Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law Unleashed Public Outrage Against His Leadership
July 13, 2020

How Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law Unleashed Public Outrage Against His Leadership

By Mong Palatino
With an ongoing pandemic and economic turmoil, many in the Philippines were enraged that the government prioritized passing an anti-terror law.

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases
July 09, 2020

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases

By Associated Press
Finding the balance between public health and reviving the economy has been fraught with dilemmas.

Jeepney Drivers Face Charges Amid Heightened Protest Crackdown in the Philippines
June 12, 2020

Jeepney Drivers Face Charges Amid Heightened Protest Crackdown in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
6 jeepney drivers were arrested last week and subsequently released on bail for protesting lost wages during the coronavirus lockdown.
This Is How Duterte Could Declare Martial Law in the Philippines
May 26, 2020

This Is How Duterte Could Declare Martial Law in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
Experts fear the Philippine president is testing the waters for a constitutionally viable declaration of nationwide martial law.

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