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The Philippines in 2022: Elections, Omicron, and a Delayed Recovery
January 20, 2022

The Philippines in 2022: Elections, Omicron, and a Delayed Recovery

By Mong Palatino
The nation faces a tough year, but the upcoming presidential election heralds winds of change.

Omicron Driving COVID-19 Wave to New Heights in the Philippines
January 18, 2022

Omicron Driving COVID-19 Wave to New Heights in the Philippines

By Sebastian Strangio
The government is aiming to fully vaccinate the country's adult population by the presidential election on May 9.
Philippines Posts Three Consecutive Days of Record COVID-19 Cases
January 11, 2022

Philippines Posts Three Consecutive Days of Record COVID-19 Cases

By Sebastian Strangio
A new COVID-19 surge now threatens to overshadow campaigning for the country's presidential election on May 9.

Thailand Raises COVID-19 Alert Level as Neighbors Brace for Omicron Surge
January 07, 2022

Thailand Raises COVID-19 Alert Level as Neighbors Brace for Omicron Surge

By Sebastian Strangio
The fast-spreading coronavirus variant is clouding the region's economic recovery.

Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery
December 02, 2021

Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery

By Sebastian Strangio
After a challenging year, the region's governments have ample reason to take the emergence of the new strain seriously.

Singapore and the Philippines: From Zero-COVID-19 to Living With COVID-19
October 14, 2021

Singapore and the Philippines: From Zero-COVID-19 to Living With COVID-19

By Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go and Ronald U. Mendoza
Though at opposite ends of the spectrum in their COVID-19 performances, both countries are feeling pressure to find a way to live with the virus.

Why are Schools Still Closed in the Philippines?
September 13, 2021

Why are Schools Still Closed in the Philippines?

By Mong Palatino
The decision reflects the highly centralized nature of decision-making under President Rodrigo Duterte.
Will Corruption Bring Down the Philippines’ Duterte Government?
August 30, 2021

Will Corruption Bring Down the Philippines’ Duterte Government?

By Mong Palatino
Alleged corruption in the procurement of COVID-19 supplies implicates a former aide and close ally of the president.

Duterte Gives the Philippines a Choice: COVID-19 Jabs or Jail
June 22, 2021

Duterte Gives the Philippines a Choice: COVID-19 Jabs or Jail

By Sebastian Strangio
Duterte's threat speaks to the concerns that the country may fail to achieve the widespread coverage required to halt transmission of the virus.

A Long Road Ahead for the Philippine Economy
June 11, 2021

A Long Road Ahead for the Philippine Economy

By Nick Aspinwall
The World Bank slashed its growth projection for this year, indicating an economic recovery may take longer than expected.

Duterte Orders Arrest of Quarantine Violators After Taking Unauthorized Vaccine
May 07, 2021

Duterte Orders Arrest of Quarantine Violators After Taking Unauthorized Vaccine

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippines president received the unapproved Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.
COVID-19 Shows the Philippines’ Need for a More Open Government
April 27, 2021

COVID-19 Shows the Philippines’ Need for a More Open Government

By Rej Cortez Torrecampo
A new wave of COVID-19 infections has once again laid bare the shortcomings of the state's response.

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