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2020/01/08 | The Interpreter

Martial Law Lifted in Philippine South, But Military Presence Persists

The role of the military on the strife-torn Philippine island isn’t about to change – and will continue to ensnare legal activists.

2019/12/23 | Voice of America

Martial Law Set to End in Restive Philippine South as Violence Ebbs

Curfews and road checkpoints have dominated much of Mindanao, an island racked by rebel violence, for 31 months

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.

2017/09/28 | Michael Beltran

5 Signs the Philippines is Drifting Toward Dictatorship

Filipinos are accustomed to chaotic periods in politics, but the killings of several young boys by police brought tens of thousands of protesters onto the streets. As tension between Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and the public escalates, the threat of martial law and a repeat of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos is all too real.

2017/07/15 | Agence France-Presse

Pain Still Runs Deep as Taiwan Marks 30 Years Since Martial Law

Official records state around 140,000 people were tried by military courts with as many as 8,000 executed during the 38-year crackdown. Many believe the actual numbers are higher.

2017/06/23 | Jeroen Adam

Mindanao's Vanishing Chance for Peace

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao not only has serious implications for human rights and democracy, but also risks shattering an already fragile pathway to peace on the island, Jeroen Adams writes.

2017/06/07 | Alan Tidwell

Martial Law, Duterte and the Death of Democracy

Does martial law in Mindanao spell the end of democracy in the Philippines? Alan Tidwell takes a look at the state of democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

2017/06/02 | Erin Cook

With Martial Law in Mindanao, Where Next For the Philippines?

'Until the police and the Armed Forces say the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue. I will not listen to others. The Supreme Court, Congress, they are not here,' said President Rodrigo Duterte.

2017/05/17 | ZiQing Low

Remembering Green Island’s First Political Prisoners

Today marks 66 years since the first group of political prisoners were taken to Taiwan’s Green Island.

2017/05/06 | Matthew Geason

OPINION: Deleting the Generalissimo from Taiwan is the Right Move

'For those who believe that this debate was laid to rest, recall that if there was severance with the past, there would be no need for a truth and reconciliation commission,' argues Matthew Geason.

2016/09/21 | Michael Beltran

Martial Law in the Philippines: An Enduring Horror Story

Decades have passed since Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law, but the much of the Philippines still lives in terror.