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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.

EU Threatens Philippine Trade Perks Over Rights Abuses
September 21, 2020

EU Threatens Philippine Trade Perks Over Rights Abuses

By Sebastian Strangio
The European Parliament has called for the suspension of duty-free privileges pending a "substantial improvement" in the country's human rights situation.

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.

In Southeast Asia, COVID-19 Slowly Tightens Its Grip
September 18, 2020

In Southeast Asia, COVID-19 Slowly Tightens Its Grip

By Sebastian Strangio
After weathering the early stages of the pandemic, several Southeast Asian nations are in the midst of worrying spikes of COVID-19.

Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Face Chilly Political Climate
September 15, 2020

Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Face Chilly Political Climate

By Sebastian Strangio
The region’s authoritarian turn has made life difficult for lawmakers opposing entrenched political interests.
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.

Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures as COVID-19 Cases Rise and Economy Plunges
August 07, 2020

Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures as COVID-19 Cases Rise and Economy Plunges

By Nick Aspinwall
Metro Manila is back in lockdown and the Philippines has overtaken Indonesia as the Southeast Asian country with the most COVID-19 cases.

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.

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