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Articles by Charles Deerhurst

Deerhurst: Police say cell hidden behind bookcase “wasn’t a secret”

In-house police investigators have concluded that the jail cell carefully hidden behind a hinged bookcase at a Manila police station was not “secret” — and has cleared officers involved of any wrongdoing. Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo of the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said imprisoning 12 undocumented suspects in the squalid,…






Deerhurst: Is Duterte still marching in step with his military?

Increasingly, it looks like the Philippine military establishment and President Duterte are going through the sort of rocky patch that, in a marriage, would end in a messy divorce. For one thing, it seems that they’ve reached the point where they’re no longer talking. This was made clear when the…





Shades of grey: Does the case against Senator De Lima really stack up?

Jailed senator Leila de Lima is a divisive figure — opinions about her are rarely in any shade of grey. Supporters of Duterte’s administration tend to paint her as the black widow of the drug trade, while her own backers consider her a Snow White of righteous resistance. According to current opinion…