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Former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Mulling Senate Run

Former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Mulling Senate Run

By Sebastian Strangio
After the collapse of its alliance with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Duterte clan is planning its reconquest of the Philippine presidency in 2028.

Can Vice President Sara Duterte Lead the Philippine Opposition?

Can Vice President Sara Duterte Lead the Philippine Opposition?

By Mong Palatino
Following her resignation from the Cabinet, Duterte may struggle to become the focal point of a broad anti-Marcos coalition.
Philippine Vice President Duterte Quits Marcos Cabinet, Solidifying Rift

Philippine Vice President Duterte Quits Marcos Cabinet, Solidifying Rift

By Sebastian Strangio
Two years after triumphing at the polls, the Marcos-Duterte "uniteam" has collapsed amid insults and acrimony.

Duterte’s Ironic Free Speech Advocacy in the Philippines

Duterte’s Ironic Free Speech Advocacy in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
The war of words between the Duterte and Marcos clans has made the former president an unlikely – and unconvincing – champion of free expression.

What the Senate Coup Reveals About Philippine Politics

What the Senate Coup Reveals About Philippine Politics

By Mong Palatino
Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri is out, reportedly for opposing a proposal to amend the Philippine Constitution.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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The Marcos-Duterte Rift Widens in the Philippines

The Marcos-Duterte Rift Widens in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
For the first time, First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos has spoken out about the growing tensions between the two political clans.

Ex-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ with China Under Scrutiny

Ex-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ with China Under Scrutiny

By Mong Palatino
Did the former president broker an informal deal with the Chinese government over the South China Sea?
Ex-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Leads ‘Prayer Rallies’ Against Charter Change

Ex-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Leads ‘Prayer Rallies’ Against Charter Change

By Mong Palatino
As mid-term elections approach, the rift between the Duterte and Marcos clans continues to widen.

Philippine Legislators Mull ‘Economic Charter Change’

Philippine Legislators Mull ‘Economic Charter Change’

By Mong Palatino
Political divisions are opening up over a plan to overhaul the 1987 Constitution to allow more foreign ownership in local industries.

Why Are Southeast Asia’s Young Voters Turning to Illiberal Populists?

Why Are Southeast Asia’s Young Voters Turning to Illiberal Populists?

By Imran Said and Alexander Berghaus
Recent elections have upended the assumption that young people are inherently more progressive than their elders.

UN Expert Cites Need for Legal Reforms in the Philippines

UN Expert Cites Need for Legal Reforms in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
The U.N. special rapporteur noted some improvements under the Marcos administration, but “not sufficient to turn the page decisively on the past.”
Are the Dutertes the New Opposition in the Philippines?

Are the Dutertes the New Opposition in the Philippines?

By Mong Palatino
Despite their recent tensions with President Marcos and his allies, the Dutertes have not yet fully cut their ties with the ruling coalition.

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