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Makings of a strongman: Deconstructing President Rodrigo Duterte

Makings of a strongman: Deconstructing President Rodrigo Duterte

October 18, 20215 min read

President Rodrigo Duterte is not a man in need of a lofty introduction—just the mere mention of his name is enough to incite strong emotions in an individual, whichever end…

Commentary: It will fall apart

Commentary: It will fall apart

October 18, 20214 min read

There will never be another as great as our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.  Who else could do as much as him, who built us roads and bridges, renovated our airports…

DU30’s 2016 prexy bid and the art of hard selling

DU30’s 2016 prexy bid and the art of hard selling

October 18, 20215 min read

With the words “change is coming,” everyone raised their fist in a display of solidarity—a symbol that would become synonymous with support for then-presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, who would amass…

Under Duterte, Southeast Asia’s oldest democracy is failing

Under Duterte, Southeast Asia’s oldest democracy is failing

October 18, 20215 min read

Philippine democracy is in crisis. When the Philippines gained independence from the United States, it became one of Southeast Asia’s first democratic nations. Decades later, its legitimacy was challenged during…

Promises of infrastructure: The Build, Build, Build program aftermath

Promises of infrastructure: The Build, Build, Build program aftermath

October 18, 20215 min read

The Duterte administration has built its foundation on the ambition of many and the action of a few. One of the plans endorsed by the government is the “Build, Build,…

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