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Tensions rise in the South China Sea as Philippine and Chinese vessels collide near a disputed reef. Both sides issued statements criticizing each other and videos were released as evidence.
Maria Ressa, the renowned investigative journalist of Rappler, has faced multiple legal disputes, which she claims are politically motivated. Despite the acquittal, she still faces two additional legal battles.
Advocates for comprehensive sex education say the lack of lessons for many youths is one of the reasons one out of 10 births in the Philippines is by a mother younger than 19.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr touted the creation of a sovereign wealth fund as a game-changer for the economy, but experts worry that public funds will be plundered again.
Filipino human trafficking victims have filed a complaint against former Philippine envoy to Syria for abuse and neglect. Some say the embassy sold them back to their abusive employers after they escaped.
The Marcos and Duterte camps have been successful in advancing compelling narratives for their political gain. But these narratives are not necessarily durable. As media studies scholar Jason Cabanes and historian Fernando Santiago put it, counter-disinformation efforts can “turn disinformation campaigns on their head by turning their own strategies against them.”
Experts say the results should serve as a reminder to Americans that there are a variety of perspectives on the U.S.-China rivalry in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We have really yet to see any major achievements, especially for the lives of the ordinary people,” said Cleve Arguelles, chief executive of WR Numero Research. Despite this, Marcos remains popular in public opinion polls, in April a report indicated that 78% of Filipinos approved of his performance.
China lost sight that the Philippines — like many ASEAN countries — is a post-colonial state, sensitive to the raw ambition of superpowers to dominate and bend them against their will. Beijing overlooked the determination of many domestic actors in these countries to defend their national interest.