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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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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Parody of democracy

Rodrigo Duterte and his candidates
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Debates between candidates for public office are among the means some media and civil society organizations are using to help voters decide who deserve their support. They’re specially useful in the Philippines, where those running for this or that post are often hardly distinguishable from each other in terms of platforms and programs, if at all they have any.

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