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Philippine Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao Enters the Presidential Ring
September 20, 2021

Philippine Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao Enters the Presidential Ring

By Sebastian Strangio
Pacquiao's candidacy threatens to spoil President Duterte's hopes for a smooth transition to an anointed successor.

ICC Authorizes Investigation Into Philippines’ ‘Drug War’ Killings
September 16, 2021

ICC Authorizes Investigation Into Philippines’ ‘Drug War’ Killings

By Sebastian Strangio
Judges say that the “specific legal element of the crime against humanity of murder” has been met in the sanguinary crackdown.
Duterte’s Party Picks Him as VP Candidate in Philippines
September 09, 2021

Duterte’s Party Picks Him as VP Candidate in Philippines

By Kiko Rosario and David Rising
Under Philippine law, the vice president is elected separately from the president.

How Rodrigo Duterte Permanently Changed Philippine Elections
August 18, 2021

How Rodrigo Duterte Permanently Changed Philippine Elections

By Mong Palatino
The Philippine president's barnstorming run to the presidency has inspired a raft of imitators. Can any succeed?

Extending Their Call of Duty? Ex-Police Officers Running for Office in the Philippines
August 06, 2021

Extending Their Call of Duty? Ex-Police Officers Running for Office in the Philippines

By Kevin Nielsen Agojo
Many former Philippine National Police officers have used their service as a springboard into elected office.

Why are Former Philippine Presidents Running for Lower-Level Posts?
July 07, 2021

Why are Former Philippine Presidents Running for Lower-Level Posts?

By Mong Palatino
President Duterte's mooted vice presidential run would follow in the footsteps of other recent ex-leaders.

Philippine Democracy Scion, Ex-President Benigno Aquino Dies
June 24, 2021

Philippine Democracy Scion, Ex-President Benigno Aquino Dies

By Jim Gomez
The former Philippine president, in office from 2010 to 2016, was the heir to a family legacy of opposition to authoritarianism.
Duterte’s Forgotten Federalism Agenda is Dead
June 08, 2021

Duterte’s Forgotten Federalism Agenda is Dead

By Mong Palatino
Duterte's promise to introduce a federal system joins a long list of unfulfilled campaign promises.

Can a United Opposition Defeat Duterte at the 2022 Philippine Elections?
May 17, 2021

Can a United Opposition Defeat Duterte at the 2022 Philippine Elections?

By Mong Palatino
In attempting to bring together a scattered opposition, the recently launched 1Sambayan movement faces a host of challenges.

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.

Chinese Ship Intrusion, Myanmar Coup Lead to Infighting Among Philippine Officials
February 05, 2021

Chinese Ship Intrusion, Myanmar Coup Lead to Infighting Among Philippine Officials

By Nick Aspinwall
On Twitter, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. blamed the Myanmar coup on Western institutions and questioned the competence of Duterte’s spokesperson.
Philippines Celebrates Human Rights Day With Crackdown on Activists
December 14, 2020

Philippines Celebrates Human Rights Day With Crackdown on Activists

By Nick Aspinwall
A new slate of arrests follows weeks of baseless accusations by the Duterte administration that political opponents are associated with terrorist groups.

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