Philippines’ Duterte a Drug User Himself

Philippines’ Duterte a Drug User HimselfSo now we know what has long been suspected: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has a history of drug dependence greater than that of most of the 6,000 or so murdered during his anti-drug campaign.  Duterte has admitted past regular use (and over-use) of Fentanyl, the most powerful of all the opioids known. It is far…

Is the Philippines Tiring of Duterte?

Is the Philippines Tiring of Duterte?The stage, one cloudy afternoon at the military headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, gave a picture of Philippine politics as it stands. There was President Rodrigo Duterte who for the second time that day was churning out his oft-repeated and by-now familiar rambling monologue on his anti-drug campaign. And there behind him sat…

Duterte’s Long Game: Marcos Family Return, Critics say

Duterte’s Long Game: Marcos Family Return, Critics sayThe ugly divide between Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo, which culminated last week with his kicking her out of cabinet meetings, is raising concerns that his long game is to eventually turn the presidency over to a close ally, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. There is little doubt that Marcos is at the center…

Working Around US Pledge to Leave Climate Pact

Working Around US Pledge to Leave Climate PactGlobal carbon emissions can still go down even if the US plans to cancel its Paris Agreement goals and go the dirty energy route under the administration of President Donald Trump, said Washington’s top negotiator on Nov. 14 at climate talks in Marrakesh, Morocco.  “Of course they are going to move forward,” Jonathan Pershing, a…

Marrakech Climate Talks Thrown into Confusion by US Election

Marrakech Climate Talks Thrown into Confusion by US ElectionNews broke that Donald Trump had won the US presidential election on the third day of United Nations-sponsored annual talks on climate change in Marrakesh, Morocco. Given Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric calling global warming a Chinese plot, understandably the news came as a shock. Hundreds of delegates are attending the 22nd session of the Conference of…

Can the World Meet its Climate Change Commitments?

Can the World Meet its Climate Change Commitments?There is growing concern over whether developed countries will meet their pledges to finance the historic pact agreed in Paris in 2015 on climate change, with no concrete plans on how to do so, according to critics at current United Nations-sponsored climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco. Instead, a women’s protest group said on Nov. 7…

In the Philippines, Who is the Real Duterte?

In the Philippines, Who is the Real Duterte?Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be in China from Oct.18 to Oct. 21 to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, yet another polarizing action as he moves beyond his 100-day honeymoon as the nation’s chief executive.   Using a combination of bluster, brutality and vulgarity to espouse domestic and international policies that have veered wildly…

As ASEAN Turns 50, Rights Lag

As ASEAN Turns 50, Rights LagAs the international backlash continues over Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, the lack of due process and the consequent deaths of “suspects” in his campaign, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, along with its individual member states, has been characteristically silent. For instance, ASEAN’s leaders and ministers met at their summit in…

Former Philippines President Ramos Loses Patience with Duterte

Former Philippines President Ramos Loses Patience with DuterteSharp criticism from his erstwhile major supporter, former Philippine President Fidel Ramos, has been a surprise antidote to the popular praise heaped on Rodrigo Duterte for the first 100 days of his administration. Outsiders might see his performance as almost entirely negative, focusing on his encouragement of murder of alleged drug dealers, insults to foreign…

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…