Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has openly supported the idea of Mongolia and Turkey – neither of which are Southeast Asian countries – joining ASEAN. The idea is a non-starter but it has led to some calls for ASEAN’s policy of rotating its chairmanship to be reconsidered.
Even for a police force that President Duterte says is “corrupt to the core”, illegally detaining suspects in a secret cell is a shocking abuse of their powers. The Filipino president is fighting his war on drugs while simultaneously battling with a police force that he does not trust.
Duterte’s erratic foreign policy decisions threaten to destabilise the intricate relationship between the US and China.
President Duterte is dead serious in his fight against drugs. He pushed his allies in Congress to expedite the passing of the death penalty bill to strengthen the ongoing war on drugs.
Duterte’s war on drugs is set to resume and in the near term will expand to include minors. Criminal responsibility will drop from 15 to nine years old.
A staunch environmentalist, environment secretary Gina Lopez has brought the mining sector to its knees. The business mining community is pursuing legal remedies to counter Gina’s decisions. Whose interests will triumph eventually?
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?
After a promising start to the peace process, the lack of trust between the government and the communist rebels has shattered the hope of ending decades of guerrilla warfare. The stage is set for an all-out offensive against each other.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not even a year into his presidency, but his critics want him out. They can try, but they will fail.
As the HIV crisis in the Philippines reaches a breaking point, the government’s responses have failed to adjust to the shifting epicentre of the epidemic. Duterte can make headway on this complicated issue but he will have to deal with the Catholic Church.