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.
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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.
Armed security forces take a part in a drug raid in Manila.
Duterte says there are three million drug users in the Philippines. There are almost certainly many fewer than that.
Duterte has, among other things, mobilised nationalist antipathy against foreign interference to deflect criticism of his violent drug crackdown.
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Duterte used his "tough on crime" approach to win the election as a political outsider, promising to restore law and order with strongman rule. His approval rating has since soared to over 90%.
Filipinos protest after a huge bombing in Davao.
A major insurgency is humiliating the Filipino army and sucking in huge ransoms – but all anyone wants to talk about is Islamic State.
Iron fist: Duterte and the Philippine Air Force.
The foul-mouthed, tough-talking president of the Philippines is ironically a pragmatist on foreign policy.
Jennelyn Olaires cradles the body of her partner, who was killed on a street by a vigilante group in a spate of drug-related killings in the Philippines.
ASEAN has been silent over the blatant disregard of human lives by the Philippines and Indonesia in the name of the 'war on drugs'.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gives the EU the finger on Sept. 20, 2016.
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President Duterte has picked fights with President Obama and with the EU. His behavior is shaking the U.S.-Philippine alliance and stability in Southeast Asia.
Insulting Barack Obama made the headlines, but Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks referred to a long and dark history of US interference in the Philippines.
Narendra Shresthma, Mast Irham/EPA
The people of the Philippines and their president know all too well the hypocrisy of being lectured by the United States about violence, human rights and democracy.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
Why would the Philippine president risk alienating an important and generous ally?
No love lost.
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Calling Barack Obama a 'son of a whore' was just another PR disaster for a country already subject to lazy stereotypes.
Residents of a Manila neighbourhood gather at the scene of the killing of an alleged drug dealer by police.
EPA/Francis R. Malasig
To understand Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power and the public support for killing drug dealers and users, we need to distinguish the empirical from the normative – the 'what is' from 'what should be'.
Filipino fishers in the South China Sea.
EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
The South China Sea produces more than 10% of the world's fish – but the catch is increasingly under threat.