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2020/07/30 | Michael Beltran

Duterte Forever? Critics Wary of Constitutional Changes in the Philippines

1,489 mayors in the Philippines proposed constitutional amendments calling for an extension of office terms as the country is sinking deeper into its pandemic woes. Critics called the proposal a power grab.

2020/05/06 | Voice of America

Philippines Orders Leading TV Network to Halt Operations

Philippines' ABS-CBN Corp., which frequently criticized President Rodrigo Duterte, was ordered to stop operating because its license expired; critics call the move an assault on press freedom.

2020/03/31 | Michael Beltran

Basic Needs Unmet in the Philippines While Duterte Exploits Emergency Powers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is taking advantage of his emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic while the elites benefit. But Filipino activist groups do not remain silent.

2020/01/07 | Voice of America

Philippines Would Hurt Tourism, Ease Political Disputes by Requiring Americans to Get Visas

The Philipipnes' tourism sector would take a hit, but a visa rule for Americans would ease tension over a criminal case in Manila.

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

2019/08/19 | Michael Beltran

55 Philippine Indigenous Schools Suspended for Alleged Rebel Activities

The philippine government has suspended 55 indigenous schools, accusing them of teaching the children to rebel against authorities.

2019/07/20 | Michael Beltran

Family Threatened With Eviction to Protest at Duterte's Annual National Address

Poverty does not stop protesters from expressing their anger against President Rodrigo Duterte.

2019/05/07 | Michael Beltran

PHILIPPINES: Press Freedom Under Siege as Duterte Unveils Opposition 'Matrix'

Journalists in the Philippines are speaking out against what they call a newly intensified effort by the Duterte administration to suppress press freedom.

2019/04/30 | Michael Beltran

Sarah Elago, the Youngest Lawmaker in the Philippines, Challenges Duterte's Boys Club

The youngest lawmaker in the 17th Congress of the Philippines is taking her party's fight for justice to the streets.

2019/04/23 | Michael Beltran

PHILIPPINES: Killing of 14 Farmers Highlights Duterte's Counterinsurgency Plans

The deaths of 14 farmers at the hands of Philippine police point to a wider counterinsurgency strategy which has struck rural communities with fear and outrage.

2019/03/15 | The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

ANALYSIS: Major Issues Linger in the US-Philippines Security Alliance

A recent visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo clarified the US position on defending the Philippines, but questions remain over the longstanding security alliance.

2019/02/22 | TIME

PHILIPPINES: The Dark Message Behind Maria Ressa's Cyber Libel Arrest

'They wanted me to go through being arrested,' Ressa says. 'They wanted me to feel their power.'