Philippines

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Philippines Faces a Lame Duck Political Year

Politics in the Philippines is known for being chaotic, a mixture of bare-knuckle democracy, deep corruption, theatrics–-by real movie actors in some cases – and the country’s own dramatic ethos. There is often...
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The Destruction of Philippine Politics

A week ago, Janet Lim Napoles, the Filipino-Chinese businesswoman at the center of the country’s massive P10 billion Pork Barrel scandal, handed over affidavits to a Blue Ribbon Senate committee implicating an ...
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Philippines’ Binays in Fight for Political Life

In October of 2006, the then-Makati City Mayor, Jejomar “Jojo” Binay barricaded himself in City Hall and refused to accede to a suspension order issued by the Philippines’ Department of the Interior and Local...
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Another Marcos Presidency in the Philippines?

Filipino politics are in their usual state of uproar, with the wheels coming off the presidency of Benigno S. Aquino.  PNoy’s own uncle, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., has acknowledged that he is among those dem...
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Philippine President Aquino Faces Growing Trouble

After five years of relatively stable government – for the Philippines, anyhow – President Benigno S. Aquino III has found himself with trouble on several different fronts and with his once-formidable popularit...
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Sensational Murder Complicates US-Filipino Relations

On Oct. 11, a 19-year-old US Marine Private First Class named Joseph Scott Pemberton picked up what he apparently thought was a woman named Jennifer Laude at the Ambyanz disco bar in the infamous bar town of Ol...
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Philippine VP Runs into Corruption Roadblock

Until very recently, Philippine Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay appeared to be cruising toward the top job in the 2016 general election, when President Benigno S. Aquino III must step down by law.  Aquino’s...
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China Warning Batters Philippines Tourism

China’s recent warning against travel to the Philippines has delivered a sudden, sharp blow to Philippine tourism as visitors are down and AirAsia Zest, a budget carrier, suspended its chartered flights from Ch...
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Philippine President Aquino Loses the Plot

After a strong first term that endeared his country to international investors, the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III is losing both its momentum and its reputation for responsible government. C...
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Philippine President Aquino’s Popularity Fades

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has run into heavy going, with his popularity rating falling to a personal low in the latest Social Weather Survey, which found 55 percent satisfied with his performance ...