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March 2017



Hell hath no fury: Lady senators slap down Duterte after attack on the press

Two lady senators have defended the media after President Duterte’s latest expletive-filled tirade accusing them of bias. As we reported yesterday, the president singled out TV channel ABS-CBN and newspaper The Inquirer for his fury, accusing them of being the tools of powerful elites. (Read more here) In a hand-written…


Fears that plan to scrap barangay elections is presidential power grab

Allies of Philippines Duterte have prepared legislation to postpone elections to barangay (village) councils and instead allow him to personally choose replacements. If approved by Congress, the move would make the president the most powerful Filipino leader since Ferdinand Marcos, who was often accused of exploiting barangay leaders to underpin…


High-speed Manila-Clark railway remains on track thanks to Japanese

Japan has agreed to finance three massive rail projects worth $8.8 billion — including a high speed railway connecting Manila and Clark. Funding for the flagship project has already been offered by the Chinese government, as we reported here last June. Later, about $10 billion was confirmed after President Duterte’s visit to Beijing…