Philippines’ Duterte Claims a Crusading Newspaper’s Scalp

Philippines’ Duterte Claims a Crusading Newspaper’s ScalpThe July 7 announcement by Manila’s Prieto family that it would rid itself of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, arguably the country’s most important newspaper, has raised new consternation over the increasingly authoritarian posture of President Rodrigo Duterte, who declared war on the paper for its critical reporting of his bloody, violent drug war. Duterte has…

Duterte’s Year One: Chaos Under the Surface

Duterte’s Year One: Chaos Under the SurfaceWith his first year in office completed, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t know the difference between policy and bragging to drinking partners. He has simply not grown up. He remains a hambugerong bugoy, a teenage braggart. Thus the constant boasting about his sexual prowess, the dirty talk, the tilting against convention. He has an exaggerated…

Duterte’s War on Drugs: What Has He Achieved?

Duterte’s War on Drugs: What Has He Achieved?Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised a savage drug war, the capstone of the campaign that made him the head of the government. With a year now under his belt, indeed change has come but not the kinds of changes he expected. Seven thousand killed before the newspapers stopped counting, perhaps daunted by the scale of…

Unpacking Dutertism

Unpacking DutertismThe ‘best’ way to assess President Rodrigo Duterte’s year in office is to look at him and his presidency on his own terms—to understand and unpack Dutertism itself. Is this a homegrown ‘ideology’ shaped by the experience in governance of a local leader-turned-national? What are the contradictions in his government, between policy and action? If…

The Tragedy of Marawi for a Chastened Duterte

The Tragedy of Marawi for a Chastened DuterteThe destruction of the Islamic city of Marawi has tragically confounded the aspirations of President Rodrigo Duterte, the small-town mayor who became the Philippine President and has discovered that his ambitions outweighed his capabilities. Based on his experience as the mayor of Davao City, where he had a friendly relationship with the region’s Muslims, Duterte…

The Philippines’ Marawi: Next Islamic State Nucleus

The Philippines’ Marawi: Next Islamic State NucleusForeign nationals from Yemen, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia have been killed in the month-long struggle for the Mindanao island city of Marawi, an unsettling signal that IS, thwarted by overwhelming military pressure in the Middle East, is seeking to establish a new base in Mindanao. That came home in terrifying fashion for 11-year-old Jasper Samiahan,11,…

Luster Starts to Wear off Philippines’ Duterte

Luster Starts to Wear off Philippines’ DuterteThe declaration of martial law on May 23 by Filipino President Rodrigo R. Duterte, while only for 60 days and on the southernmost island of Mindanao, has begun to crystalize growing doubts about Duterte’s commitment to democracy and started to remind his constituents of unsettling resemblances to Ferdinand Marcos, who pretty much wrecked the country…

The Challenge of Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

The Challenge of Abu Sayyaf in the PhilippinesThe Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), which has for over two decades terrorized a wide section of the island of Mindanao and beyond from its island bases in Sulu and Basilan, has once again been in the news.  Despite the claims of the government that it has only 300-400 men, nonstop military operations against the group…

Duterte’s Martial Law Edict Surprises Philippine Army

Duterte’s Martial Law Edict Surprises Philippine ArmyWhat made President Rodrigo Duterte’s first salvo of martial law in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao unusual was that it caught the military by surprise.  Time and again since he was elected a year ago, Duterte has spewed the dreaded words “martial law” as casually as he would chew gum. As the country’s commander-in-chief,…

The Harm Before The South China Sea Storm

The Harm Before The South China Sea StormJames Borton is the editor of the recently-published Islands and Rocks in the South China Sea: Post-Hague Ruling., published in April by Xlibris. He supplied this portion of the preface to the book to Asia Sentinel. Ocean governance remains a critical issue in the contested South China Sea attributed to the continued territorial disputes, fishing…
Page 1 of 38123Next ›Last »