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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…



Bramovich: Duterte’s war on everything

I was thinking this morning about all the things Duterte hates and I’ve realised he’s “gone to war” on an impressive list of ills since he came to power. He’s publicly attacked the media. He’s locked horns with the Americans. He’s gone up against the EU, his own cabinet, drugs,…



Bramovich: A raucous romp through the global news

I was going on one of my trips down memory lane this morning. Once a month or so I engage in an unfettered gluttonous indulgence in the news from some of the countries I’ve lived in over the last few years. It never ceases to amaze me how cultural norms…


Defiant De Lima issues ferocious broadside against Duterte from behind bars

Jailed senator Leila de Lima has issued a defiant broadside against President Duterte and his allies. De Lima, who was arrested for drugs charges dating back to her tenure as Justice Secretary, denies any wrongdoing and claims the charges against her are politically motivated. While in government, De Lima led…