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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.
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.

China Refuses to Quit on the Philippines
July 22, 2020

China Refuses to Quit on the Philippines

By Derek Grossman
China may have missed a golden opportunity to see the VFA end, but Beijing is still determined to exploit gaps between the U.S. and its ally.

How Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law Unleashed Public Outrage Against His Leadership
July 13, 2020

How Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law Unleashed Public Outrage Against His Leadership

By Mong Palatino
With an ongoing pandemic and economic turmoil, many in the Philippines were enraged that the government prioritized passing an anti-terror law.

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases
July 09, 2020

Philippines Virus Cases Soar Past 50,000 as Lockdown Eases

By Associated Press
Finding the balance between public health and reviving the economy has been fraught with dilemmas.
The Philippines Anti-Terrorism Act: Who Guards the Guardians?
July 06, 2020

The Philippines Anti-Terrorism Act: Who Guards the Guardians?

By Ronald U. Mendoza and Dion L. Romano
The Philippines' terrorism threat is real, and growing. Will the new act change that?

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