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2016/10/29 | Aries A Arugay

Duterte’s Plan to Revive Philippine Democracy

The Philippine president is working towards a constitutional amendment in favor of greater federalism and parliamentarism. Could this empower the country’s citizenry and strengthen democracy? And how does it fit in with Duterte’s controversial policies against drugs and crime?

2019/06/20 | Michael Beltran

What Do the Rebels Have to Say About the Philippine Mid-Term Elections?

While administration-backed candidates dominate the senate and the Duterte- aligned parties have gained seats in the lower house the rebels reject the elections as being largely useless to change a 'tyrannical regime'.

2019/06/28 | Michael Beltran

Not so Strong Man: Duterte Buckles Under Chinese Pressure Amid Maritime Row

Officials in the Philippines initially came on strong demanding China be sanctioned for an incident at Recto Bank, while Duterte kept his lips sealed. Days later Duterte finally dismissed the whole thing as 'a little maritime accident' and the administration fell in line, much to the ire of citizens. But — asks Michael Beltran — who is pulling whose strings here?

2020/02/07 | Michael Beltran

Outrage Over Duterte's Inaction Grips Filipinos During Coronavirus Scare

A general distrust in Philippine president Duterte's ability to handle the coronavirus outbreak has sparked protest both on social media and in the streets.

2016/11/24 | Hsin-Hui Hsu

Do We Need a War on Corruption?

It used to be a question of ‘who will watch the watchdogs?’ Now it is 'what to do when the watchdogs become rabid and out of control?’

2019/01/01 | TIME

Philippines President Duterte Admits to Sexually Assaulting Maid as Teenager

Rodrigo Duterte, known for making statements that demean women, has now admitted to sexually assaulting a woman himself.

2020/03/09 | East Asia Forum

Philippines Bans Deployment of Filipino Workers to Kuwait Due to Mistreatment

The Philippine government restricted the amount of overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait after a series of infractions against the bilateral labor agreement.

2017/04/25 | Peter Wood

Philippines Choose Chinese Investment Over Territorial Defense

Duterte’s acceptance of Chinese investment in exchange for not challenging territorial claims has important security implications for the rest of Southeast Asia.

2018/09/13 | New Mandala

Repent or Duterte! How Religion Keeps the Philippines President Popular

Two academics speak to religious leaders and find that support for Duterte's War on Drugs emanates from the churches.

2020/03/06 | The Interpreter

When Philippines Democracy Hit Midlife Crisis

The Philippines’ democracy turned 34 last week but continues to flirt with authoritarian fantasies.

2020/02/17 | The Interpreter

The Politics of Racism as the Philippines Struggles With Coronavirus

Rodrigo Duterte and his backers appears to be exploiting the public health crisis to wedge opponents at home.

2016/11/28 | Kavi Chongkittavorn

How Will Trump Respond to Duterte's 'Game-Changer' in Asia?

Will Trump attend next year’s ASEAN–U.S. Summit in Manila? The decision will have far-reaching implications.

2020/11/05 | Voice of America

Heralding Deal With China, Philippines Restarts Offshore Oil-Gas Exploration in Disputed Sea

On October 15, the Philippine government lifted a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration. A joint energy development project may help warm up relations with China and speed up economic recovery.