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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.

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?

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'.

2019/03/14 | Mong Palatino

PHILIPPINES: Independent Media Decries Cyberattacks, Accuses Government

Several groups held protests against continued cyberattacks which they claim are backed by the Duterte administration.

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.

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.

2018/07/10 | Coco Dollanganger

PHILIPPINES: Is the #BabaeAko Movement Really About Duterte?

The #BabaeAko movement grew out of anger with the misogyny of President Duterte - or so we thought. Many Filipino women resent efforts to politicize their struggle for equality.

2018/07/09 | Michael Beltran

The Duterte Doublespeak: Exploring the Philippine President’s Long List of Lies

From backpedaling on promises to resign to ceding ground against China, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is becoming known for playing fast and loose with the truth.

2018/06/22 | Global Voices

Philippine Women Protest President Duterte's Toxic Masculinity

The Philippine president's chauvinism has crossed a line with critics.

2018/01/17 | The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Did Duterte Give Up on the South China Sea Dispute?

Under Duterte’s watch, ASEAN lost a crucial opportunity to hold China to account.

2017/10/18 | Richard Javad Heydarian

Putting Duterte’s Popularity into Perspective of Philippines Political Culture

The Philippines' unique political culture may explain why Duterte manages to maintain high approval ratings despite mishaps and his controversial drug policy.

2017/10/17 | Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Philippines Foreign Policy under President Duterte

Philippines foreign policy under President Duterte has strengthened relations with Japan and appeared to tack away from the U.S., but the reality is more nuanced.

2017/09/25 | Richard Javad Heydarian

The West’s Reluctant Embrace of Duterte

Western capitals have found themselves in a tough bind, shedding deepening concerns over human rights issues in exchange for counter-terror cooperation with neo-authoritarian leaders.