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In the Philippines, Civil Society Grows Amid Democratic Backsliding
May 27, 2022

In the Philippines, Civil Society Grows Amid Democratic Backsliding

By Ronald Castillo
The vibrant and volunteer election campaign of Vice President Leni Robredo offered some glimmers of hope for the country's democracy.

Provisional Results Show Landslide Marcos Victory in Philippine Election
May 10, 2022

Provisional Results Show Landslide Marcos Victory in Philippine Election

By Sebastian Strangio
Filipinos have decisively elected another Marcos and another Duterte to the nation’s two highest offices.
Manolo Quezon III on Philippine Democracy and the 2022 Election
December 01, 2021

Manolo Quezon III on Philippine Democracy and the 2022 Election

By Sebastian Strangio
The race is on for the Philippine presidency, but has the country’s democracy entered a terminal phase?

5 Years of Duterte: A Calamity Reaching Its Crescendo
May 01, 2021

5 Years of Duterte: A Calamity Reaching Its Crescendo

By Michael Beltran
The Diplomat spoke with experts, victims, documenters, and communities affected by one of the most polarizing governments in Philippine history.

Next Philippine Election Looms as an Institutional Stress Test
November 12, 2020

Next Philippine Election Looms as an Institutional Stress Test

By David Hutt
Joe Biden's defeat of Donald Trump has shown the resilience of U.S. political institutions. Will the same be true of the Philippines?

The Riddle of COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia
September 22, 2020

The Riddle of COVID-19 and Democracy in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
How much should we read into the fact that the region’s most robust democracies have fared the worst from the coronavirus? Probably not a lot.

Duterte’s Rejection of Calls for ‘Revolutionary Government’ Met With Doubt in the Philippines
August 31, 2020

Duterte’s Rejection of Calls for ‘Revolutionary Government’ Met With Doubt in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
The president said he was unfamiliar with a group calling to install him as head of a new government, despite video showing him at the group’s convention in 2018.
Philippine Court Asked to Annul Anti-Terror Law Amid Concerns It Will Target Dissidents
July 10, 2020

Philippine Court Asked to Annul Anti-Terror Law Amid Concerns It Will Target Dissidents

By Nick Aspinwall
The new law has received sharp criticism from rights and legal groups. There’s also skepticism it will achieve its stated goal of countering terrorism in the Philippines.

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.

Will Duterte Help Win the Battle for Gay Rights in the Philippines?
August 16, 2019

Will Duterte Help Win the Battle for Gay Rights in the Philippines?

By Erin Cook
The president’s incendiary rhetoric conceals more complex policy realities in the country under his tenure.

Duterte-Backed Candidates Win Big in Philippines' Midterm Elections
May 22, 2019

Duterte-Backed Candidates Win Big in Philippines' Midterm Elections

By Jim Gomez
Not only did Duterte's allies dominate the Senate races, but the opposition was completely shut out.
Who Will Win the Philippines’ Midterm Elections?
April 29, 2019

Who Will Win the Philippines’ Midterm Elections?

By Mark R. Thompson
The opposition needs a miracle, but the Philippine midterm campaign also points to problems ahead for Duterte.

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