Voters might be quite rational in refusing to give the green light to those who wield power and benefit from the status quo.
Ambivalence among voters is reason to think about how democracy is working for us as a community. To keep democracy alive we need to be sceptical about the exercise of power and keep it in check.
The crackdown is contributing to a culture of unchecked violence, which is increasingly accepted as a necessary measure.
Chilean peacekeepers prepare to depart Haiti, where hurricanes and unstable governance have become major threats to the peace and safety of the populace.
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Duterte visits a police headquarters in Davao city.
It turns out that the president of the Philippines is exactly who he said he was.
Supporters of Jakarta’s former Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama.
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An expert on Islam and democracy examines the threat to the world's largest Muslim majority country.
The experience of journalists like Maria Ressa is all too common.
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Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has faced online harassment campaigns designed to discredit and silence her.
Anti-American and anti-corruption stances have given the president of the Philippines broad appeal.
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The sustained assault on IS's two main strongholds could be followed by years of local and global insurgency.
Filipinos are among the largest group of migrants working as domestic staff abroad, whose lives are often far from easy.
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With My Family’s Slave, journalist Alex Tizon challenges our complacency over domestic workers. When does domestic work become slavery?
Rodrigo Duterte has the opportunity to shape his foreign policy choices in relation to the two competing global powers.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is at an interesting place: leaning on China for financial support, and looking to the US for security cover.
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The ongoing debate is a continuation of the Philippines' long journey towards reproductive health - and its having been turned into a political and moral issue by various actors.
There is something troubling in the thought of people being made to aspire to heights that are literally beyond their reach.
Residents look on as a police investigator inspects the body of a suspected drug pusher, along an alley in Quezon city.
After a short suspension of anti-drug operations, President Rodrigo Duterte has resumed his bloody war.
The Philippines grabbed global attention in 2016 when Rodrigo Duterte was elected president by a landslide.
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The Philippines grabbed global attention in May 2016 when Rodrigo Duterte was elected president by a landslide. Often described as “Trump of the East”, Duterte has gained international notoriety for his…
After more than 7,000 killings by police and vigilantes, an incident involving the death of a South Korea businessman has finally put an end of Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.
Politics is a world for which show business celebrities are perfectly adapted and their predominance in the Philippines offers a glimpse of what televisual populism could look like in other countries.
Punitive measures and forced rehabilitation don’t work.
As in other parts of the world, the war on drugs in Southeast Asian countries has huge social, moral and medical costs. Now, an approach that places harm reduction at its centre is gaining support.
EPA/Francis R. Malasig
From stubborn military rule to religious 'mobocracy', five young democracies show signs of slipping backwards.
A growing number of young Asian men are using a plethora of whitening products.
Skin whitening among women has long been commonplace, but now young Asian men too, are using a plethora of whitening products.
The ascendency of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines is just one of the shifts away from liberalism in southeast Asia.
Reuters/Lean Daval Jr
Shifts in southeast Asian countries' political leadership has led to another worrying region-wide shift: away from liberalism.