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Why Is Rodrigo Duterte Still Popular in the Philippines?
October 21, 2020

Why Is Rodrigo Duterte Still Popular in the Philippines?

By Mong Palatino
Despite allegations of corruption and his ineptitude in handling the COVID-19 crisis, the Philippine leader's popularity continues to climb.

4 Reasons the Philippines Needs Public Asset Disclosures From Its Politicians
October 16, 2020

4 Reasons the Philippines Needs Public Asset Disclosures From Its Politicians

By Ronald U.Mendoza and Michael Yusingco
The Philippines’ anti-corruption body has declined to make financial disclosures public. That’s a big problem.
Philippine House Speaker Squabble Ends, Clearing Way for Budget Deliberations
October 15, 2020

Philippine House Speaker Squabble Ends, Clearing Way for Budget Deliberations

By Nick Aspinwall
A disagreement over a term-sharing plan led to a standoff between two rivals for the House speaker position that almost turned ugly.

Philippines Reports Slight Downturn in COVID-19 Cases
October 08, 2020

Philippines Reports Slight Downturn in COVID-19 Cases

By Nick Aspinwall
An independent research group says the country’s COVID-19 curve is flattening, but questions remain about trends outside of Metro Manila.

Rodrigo Duterte: The Weak Strongman of the Philippines
September 21, 2020

Rodrigo Duterte: The Weak Strongman of the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
Mounting concerns about the Philippine President's health threaten to play into elections due in 2022.

Why Are Filipinos Celebrating a Former Dictator?
September 14, 2020

Why Are Filipinos Celebrating a Former Dictator?

By Sebastian Strangio
The rehabilitation of Ferdinand Marcos is a sign of the public's continuing discontent with the status quo.

Does the Philippines Need a Revolution for the Status Quo?
September 03, 2020

Does the Philippines Need a Revolution for the Status Quo?

By Michael Beltran
A group of Duterte supporters has called for a “revolutionary government” that would arm the president with additional powers. What does that even mean?
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.

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.

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.
Fears of Press Freedom Crackdown After Philippines Orders Largest Broadcaster Off Air
May 07, 2020

Fears of Press Freedom Crackdown After Philippines Orders Largest Broadcaster Off Air

By Nick Aspinwall
ABS-CBN, which had repeatedly drawn the ire of Rodrigo Duterte, was forced to stop broadcasting on Tuesday, leading to allegations of a political hit job.

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