Its Achilles’ heel

Rodrigo Duterte and Xi Jinping
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Why the seeming change in the Duterte regime’s response to Chinese aggression in the West Philippine Sea?  Is it because it fears that mass opposition to its refusal to do anything to stop Chinese bullying could affect the chances of its candidates at both the national and local levels on May 13?

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The Press as “The Enemy”

This screenshot from a video posted by the Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) Facebook Page shows Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holding a piece of paper with names of journalists and lawyers the Palace claims are part of an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
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Why has every Philippine regime taken the press and journalists to task, tried to control them, and even arrest and kill practitioners? It’s a question Filipinos should be asking in the context of the laughably fact-challenged attempts of the Duterte regime to paint journalists as part of a grand conspiracy to remove President Rodrigo Duterte from power.

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What’s the D.F.A. good for?

Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is expected to promote international understanding and defend Philippine sovereignty. It is also tasked with protecting Filipinos abroad. In its dealings with other countries, it is of course assumed that the DFA will enhance and defend Philippine interests through diplomatic means. But equally important is its affirmation in word and deed of the value and need for the country to honor its international commitments to human, civil and political rights.

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