Duterte, the Philippines and a Psychopathic Reign of Terror

Duterte, the Philippines and a Psychopathic Reign of TerrorIt is time for the Philippines to face up to the fact that its president, Rodrigo Duterte, is a psychopath drunk on killing. The reign of terror he has initiated and promoted has in just one year claimed more victims than the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other Islamist terror groups have in the whole of…

Asia in 2016: Philippines

Asia in 2016: PhilippinesThe Philippines has endured a turbulent year under Rodrigo Duterte, who assumed the country’s presidency from June 30. His agenda, which has included extra-judicial killings as part of a war on drugs and sidelining the United States as an ally, has put the Philippines back in the headlines. The controversial campaign against drugs, in which…

Fossil Fuel Industry Knew the Climate Damage it was Causing

Fossil Fuel Industry Knew the Climate Damage it was CausingFor almost 40 years, the fossil fuel industry has been keeping a huge secret from the general public. They have known that their products including oil, coal, and natural gas are the primary causes of global warming and the resulting climate change worldwide.  That was revealed with the release of a report last year by…

The Philippines and the Politics of Failure

The Philippines and the Politics of FailurePresident Rodrigo Duterte. If this is the next leader of the Philippines, as early results from Monday's election portend, one has to wonder how it came to this. The country seems condemned to dwell on the past in the form of both leaders and issues while its political elite – in this case the blah…

Opinion: Chinese Filipino Tycoon Kowtows to Beijing

Opinion: Chinese Filipino Tycoon Kowtows to BeijingPhilippine presidential contender Grace Poe is facing possible disqualification both due to her uncertain origins as a foundling and because her loyalty to the nation has been questioned over her former US citizenship, which she only renounced in 2010 after she was offered an official position by President Benigno Aquino III. So what then are…

Opinion: Climate Action is the Fight for Food Security

Opinion: Climate Action is the Fight for Food SecurityOn Nov. 11, 2013, Naderev ‘Yeb” Sano, the Philippine envoy to climate talks in Warsaw, broke down in tears over the devastation visited on his country that week by Super Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, one of the strongest storms to make landfall in recorded history, killing at least 6,300 people, most of them…

Philippines’ Aquino Misses Point on Mindanao

Philippines’ Aquino Misses Point on MindanaoThe Philippine Commander-in-Chief spoke to the nation on television three days after 44 of the national police’s Special Action Force were killed in central Mindanao after a 12-hour gunfight on Sunday morning, Jan. 25. Photos of the carnage shocked the country. Muslim rebels stripped the dead of their uniforms and took away their arms, stealing…

What the Pope Didn’t Say in Manila

What the Pope Didn’t Say in ManilaPope Francis was received rapturously in the Philippines on his five-day visit, daring a typhoon to hold an open air mass in Tacloban, the city that was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in November of 2013, and braving pouring rain in Manila to draw an estimated 6 million worshipers on Sunday. He spoke of climate…