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Articles by Charles Deerhurst


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…


The world’s funkiest felons: Top 10 Filipino prison dances

The Philippines has some of the most overcrowded and underfunded prisons in the world, so it’s utterly baffling why it should be the country where prisoners have become famous for their joyous, highly choreographed dance routines. The trend started at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) and was the…