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Rodrigo Duterte

Olympic Champion Hidilyn Diaz Deserves an Apology From the Philippine Government
July 29, 2021

Olympic Champion Hidilyn Diaz Deserves an Apology From the Philippine Government

By Mong Palatino
The Philippines’ first-ever gold medalist had an earlier claim to fame: being accused of conspiring against the Duterte administration.

Philippine President Duterte Unabashedly Threatens to Kill Drug Dealers
July 27, 2021

Philippine President Duterte Unabashedly Threatens to Kill Drug Dealers

By Jim Gomez
Duterte devoted most of a rambling, nearly three-hour televised speech to non-pandemic topics he has addressed repeatedly in the past.
The Legacy of the South China Sea Arbitral Tribunal Ruling, Five Years On
July 27, 2021

The Legacy of the South China Sea Arbitral Tribunal Ruling, Five Years On

By Ankit Panda
What is the legacy of the landmark 2016 ruling by the Hague-based arbitral tribunal?

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.

Duterte Gives the Philippines a Choice: COVID-19 Jabs or Jail
June 22, 2021

Duterte Gives the Philippines a Choice: COVID-19 Jabs or Jail

By Sebastian Strangio
Duterte's threat speaks to the concerns that the country may fail to achieve the widespread coverage required to halt transmission of the virus.

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.

Philippine President Imposes Cabinet Gag Order Over South China Sea
May 19, 2021

Philippine President Imposes Cabinet Gag Order Over South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The move follows strong condemnations from senior ministers, including an expletive laden tweet from Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin.
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.

Duterte Orders Arrest of Quarantine Violators After Taking Unauthorized Vaccine
May 07, 2021

Duterte Orders Arrest of Quarantine Violators After Taking Unauthorized Vaccine

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippines president received the unapproved Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

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.

Duterte Joins Thai PM on the Sidelines of ASEAN Myanmar Summit
April 23, 2021

Duterte Joins Thai PM on the Sidelines of ASEAN Myanmar Summit

By Sebastian Strangio
The leaders' absence doesn't bode well for ASEAN's ability to muster a united front against Myanmar's junta.
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.

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