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Philippine Senator Marks Four Years in Prison on Dubious Drug Charges
February 24, 2021

Philippine Senator Marks Four Years in Prison on Dubious Drug Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
While Leila de Lima has been acquitted of one charge, two more continue to hang over her.

An End in Sight for the Philippines’ Maoist Insurgency?
February 19, 2021

An End in Sight for the Philippines’ Maoist Insurgency?

By Jack Broome
The Philippine military claims that a breakthrough is around the corner, but a continuation of the conflict is convenient for many.
The Philippines’ COVID-19 Economic Rescue Plan: Bayanihan 1 and 2
February 03, 2021

The Philippines’ COVID-19 Economic Rescue Plan: Bayanihan 1 and 2

By James Guild
In addition to supporting healthcare and low-income households, Manila has focused on propping up its agricultural sector, which employs nearly a quarter of Filipinos.

9 Indigenous Leaders Killed by Philippine Police in ‘Massacre’
January 01, 2021

9 Indigenous Leaders Killed by Philippine Police in ‘Massacre’

By Nick Aspinwall
Rights groups said the Indigenous people had been “red-tagged” after opposing a local dam project. It’s the latest in a string of high-profile police incidents.

A Deadly and Disastrous 2020 for the Philippines
December 28, 2020

A Deadly and Disastrous 2020 for the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
Guilty or not for exacerbating the suffering of Filipinos in 2020, Duterte is facing potentially tougher challenges in 2021.

Duterte: Hold Me Responsible for Killings in Drug Crackdown
October 20, 2020

Duterte: Hold Me Responsible for Killings in Drug Crackdown

By Associated Press
"If you get killed, it's because I'm enraged by drugs," Duterte said. 

China’s Disinformation Campaign in the Philippines
October 06, 2020

China’s Disinformation Campaign in the Philippines

By Gregory Winger
The Philippines has been the perfect target for Chinese political interference – but it won’t be Beijing’s last victim.
Philippine President Targets Facebook for Taking Down Fake Accounts
September 30, 2020

Philippine President Targets Facebook for Taking Down Fake Accounts

By Sebastian Strangio
After cannily manipulating Facebook in his campaign for the presidency, Rodrigo Duterte is intimating that he might shut the social network down.

Southeast Asian Leaders Air Fears Over US-China Rivalry
September 24, 2020

Southeast Asian Leaders Air Fears Over US-China Rivalry

By Sebastian Strangio
Joko Widodo and Rodrigo Duterte both used their inaugural U.N. speeches to express alarm at accelerating superpower tensions.

Facebook Shuts Down Fake China-Based Accounts Backing Duterte
September 23, 2020

Facebook Shuts Down Fake China-Based Accounts Backing Duterte

By Sebastian Strangio
The accounts beamed out content supportive of the Philippine president and his daughter's possible presidential aspirations.

In UN Speech, Duterte Stiffens Philippines’ Stance on the South China Sea
September 23, 2020

In UN Speech, Duterte Stiffens Philippines’ Stance on the South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
After four years of flip-flopping, the Philippine President voiced strong support for a Hague ruling rejecting most of China’s claims to disputed waters.
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.

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