Barking At Your Benefactor: Duterte Vs UN

Barking At Your Benefactor: Duterte Vs UN

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte recently became embroiled in a tiff with the United Nations (UN) over its criticisms of his administration’s anti-drugs war. The Philippine leader accused the world body of meddling in “internal affairs” after two UN human rights experts expressed concern over rampant drug-related killings. More than 1,900 drug suspects have been killed […]

2017 Philippine budget focuses on education, social services, & infrastructure

2017 Philippine budget focuses on education, social services, & infrastructure

Philippine Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno presented the 2017 Philippine budget to the leadership of the House of Representatives on Monday and, true to the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte, it focuses additional funding in key the areas of education, agriculture, social services, and infrastructure. “I can characterise it as saying we’re putting our money […]

Arroyo Claims Acquittal Proof of Persecution as Further Charges Loom

Arroyo Claims Acquittal Proof of Persecution as Further Charges Loom

The Philippines’ top court paved the way for the release of detained former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last week when it voted to clear her of plunder charges relating to the misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds while she was in office – funds intended for the the nation’s poor. The 15-member Philippine Supreme […]

‘Presidential Curse’ Could Tarnish Aquino’s legacy

‘Presidential Curse’ Could Tarnish Aquino’s legacy

President Benigno Aquino III completes his six-year term much less popular than when he began it. His approval rating has dropped from a high of 79 per cent at the beginning of his term to 54 per cent as of September 2015. So what explains his falling popularity? Under Mr Aquino the Philippines has maintained […]