Philippines

Duterte, the Philippines and a Psychopathic Reign of Terror

It 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 v...

Asia in 2016: Philippines

The 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 sideli...

The Philippines and the Politics of Failure

President 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...
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Opinion: Chinese Filipino Tycoon Kowtows to Beijing

Philippine 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 citi...
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Opinion: Climate Action is the Fight for Food Security

On 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, o...
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Philippines’ Aquino Misses Point on Mindanao

The 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, ...
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What the Pope Didn’t Say in Manila

Pope 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...