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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.

Richard Heydarian: Duterte’s Rise in Perspective
November 15, 2017

Richard Heydarian: Duterte’s Rise in Perspective

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Richard Heydarian discusses Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's rise to power and the implications.

What's Really Behind Duterte’s Disappearances in the Philippines?
June 29, 2017

What's Really Behind Duterte’s Disappearances in the Philippines?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
His administration has not found a sustainable way to deal with the president's prolonged absences.
ASEAN at 50: A New Test for Democracy in Southeast Asia
May 03, 2017

ASEAN at 50: A New Test for Democracy in Southeast Asia

By Khoo Ying Hooi
The aspects of the ASEAN Charter dealing with rights and democracy have been largely ignored.

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