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How can an election conducted under martial law in Duterte's own home region be free or fair at all?
Now the world's second biggest economy and a major power all around, China no longer hesitates to bully and cheat its way around client nations
It may seem unfair for Robredo — and absurd, too — to be compared with Rodrigo Duterte, but, having been cast by fate as his vice president, she just has to stand the comparison, if only for the hoped-for enlightenment of those fooled by Duterte or misinformed about her or otherwise requiring to be set straight
Indeed, China is emerging as the Duterte regime’s ultimate patron – as investor, infrastructure builder, labor and material supplier, and money lender – in a modern-day sort of colonial arrangement
Since Robredo and Sereno are fighting their battles in the same theater, it’s easier to detect the conspiratorial hands at work in their cases
Mogato is the last to be fooled. He knows that, along with his Reuters colleagues, he is a particular target for the particular crime of putting names and faces to some of those numbers and detailing the cold, sick, subhuman instincts with which Duterte's war has been prosecuted.
Why should Duterte trouble himself with a minority chief justice?
Of course, we've only had a go at it twice. But with the untold losses we've suffered with each failure, how can we afford another?
Call him killer, dictator, womanizer, misogynist, whatever, but don't you call him thief
The core issue is hidden, possibly ill-gotten, wealth. It began hounding Duterte during the electoral campaign. During his presidency it has been overshadowed by other, graver, issues he can’t seem to stop provoking.
Duterte is in a great hurry. He wants to put federalism on track, hoping to construct around it some reason, some excuse, some pretext to stop the May 2019 midterm elections.
Democracy is hijacked and perverted to allow tyranny by the majority. Duterte and Congress are in it together for one conspiratorial cause.
The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people
So, how far has Rodrigo Duterte taken us down the road to authoritarianism?
Harry Roque said Duterte had only intended a revolutionary government for when the nation fell in extremis – 'kung lupaypay na' were his exact words, which only makes things worse for Duterte. For, with him in charge, who else could bring the nation to such helplessness?
The two of them should make for a catchy marquee: Rody and Harry. But, in the end, it's the provocative personality each one brings to the tandem that will define their show.
Ideology is a system of political and economic thought that chooses a particular character in a particular environment in whom to incubate, and conviction is well-informed steadfastness. Simpleminded, impulsive, and stubborn, Rodrigo Duterte is just all wrong for both.
I can imagine it s not difficult for [Martin Andanar] to have felt legitimized when he was enlisted as newspaper columnist Now he s thinking of legitimizing bloggers as members of the press themselves
His epiphany makes him harder yet to categorize especially normally But we will always try – if only for our own sense of consolation and security He is after all our president
Duterte’s war on drugs is finally hitting home If fascism begins with a knock on the door we have been taken well past that We have ignored the signs and continue to ignore them
As a critic of colonial patronage – and what a spiteful critic he is – Duterte himself lacks the standing
Duterte is thought new by those too young to have lived life long enough; he is thought on the other hand suitable by those who I imagine have managed to live life easily enough in the worst of times