Duterte’s erratic foreign policy decisions threaten to destabilise the intricate relationship between the US and China.
European politicians have issued an ultimatum to Manila – scale back the war on narcotics or risk losing trade privileges. President Duterte is one step ahead. The climbdown has already begun.
The war on drugs has come to a halt. The Philippine National Police (PNP) is undergoing internal ranks cleansing because of the killing of a South Korean businessman by rogue police officers. The odds are not for Duterte, but at the end, he will win.
President Duterte has come down hard on the police force in the Philippines, but is promising no let-up in his war on drugs. Is military intervention a step too far?