Residents of a Manila neighbourhood gather at the scene of the killing of an alleged drug dealer by police.
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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.
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The South China Sea produces more than 10% of the world's fish – but the catch is increasingly under threat.
EPA/Francis R. Malasig
Feared and deplored for his slash-and-burn approach to criminal justice, Rodrigo Duterte has suddenly shown his conciliatory side.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer records 265 deaths of suspected criminals and drug users between June 30, the day Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, and July 18.
The Philippines is seeing a surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and drug users since Rodrigo Duterte assumed office last month.
President Rodrigo Duterte talks with former president Benigno Aquino III, shown here in 2013.
Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau
The Philippines suffers from many internal conflicts. Can the new president bring about a much-needed peace?
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Islands are very special when it comes to quirks of evolution.
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
China claims ownership of almost all of the South China Sea and refuses to abide by a recent ruling calling that hogwash. Why does China want to control the sea so badly?
EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo
A landmark ruling against Beijing will not solve one of the world's most worrying territorial disputes.
The decision on China’s activities in the South China Sea is hugely significant for the development of the Law of the Sea.
The decision on China's activities in the South China Sea undoubtedly represents a sweeping victory for the Philippines. It is, however, unenforceable.
Some good news for UK government policy.
Purportedly Chinese dredging vessels are building up land around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea last year.
U.S. Navy via Reuters
The Philippines is cheering a ruling that China's vast territorial claims in the South China Sea have no legal basis. But the ruling will also ratchet up military tensions with the U.S.
Ritchie B. Tongo
Despite joking about gang rape, insulting the Pope and admitting to personally killing criminals, the Philippines' new president was handed a healthy mandate.
Just when you might have thought the Philippines was on the mend, morbid symptoms of untreated problems re-emerge. It really shouldn’t be this way. It may seem hard to believe in retrospect, but in the…
Round ‘em up.
Washington has been trying to corral the ASEAN countries into a unified bloc against China – but it could actually destabilise the region further.
On the trail in Quezon City, east of Manila.
EPA/Francis R. Malasig
He's a womaniser, a tyrant and a firebrand. Will the Philippines put its support behind a controversial strongman?
Egyptian refugees fleeing Libya with the help of the US Air Force.
US Department of Defence
Surely it isn’t too far-fetched to claim that if migrants are to promote democracy back home, it is beneficial for them to experience democratic values and principles in the countries hosting them.
Piton de la Fournaise or “Peak of the Furnace” on Reunion Island is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, shown erupting in August 2015.
What happens beneath the surface before a volcano erupts? Can we predict when one will blow? And how can typhoons and melting glaciers contribute to big eruptions?
These Rohingya women and children, rescued by fishermen in Aceh, are among thousands in need of resettlement.
A summit in Bangkok is discussing the fate of thousands of people who were stranded at sea. Australia is represented but refuses to resettle any refugees, casting doubt on its commitment to a regional solution.
Taking no chances: a joint US-Philippines military exercise.
China is building artificial islands to exert military influence in the South China Sea. Could this bring military conflict back to a long-peaceful region?
The city of Tacloban after Typhoon Haiyan, November 2013.
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On November 8 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. One of the largest tropical storms ever to make landfall, it killed more than 10,000 people and left millions homeless. The vast recovery effort…