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Did China make pledges to former Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte that could be described as a "trap"? If so, which were most attractive to him?

In a May 11, 2022 tweet, (self-described "public educator, academic, columnist, and policy adviser") Richard Javad Heydarian1,2 first asserts that China took the previous Philippine ...
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Why might Philippine president Bongbong Marcos have problems visiting the US because of "court cases" there?

In a May 11, 2022 tweet, (self-described "public educator, academic, columnist, and policy adviser") Richard Javad Heydarian1,2 first asserts that China took the previous Philippine ...
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Origin of bill "urgency" in the Philippines, how does it work and how widespread is it in other democracies?

From the Philippine News Agency's December 30, 2021 article Duterte signs law creating Department of Migrant Workers The creation and establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers is one of ...
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Besides the Philippines do any countries have bilingual presidential debates requiring two (or more) languages to know what the candidates are saying?

NOTE: I'm not a scholar of language and the only languages I have a working knowledge of are English, Math and Python. What is and isn't Filipino language has had a historical debate including legal ...
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Why would Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao be "banking on the support of Filipino voters from classes D and E to win the 2022 presidential race"?

After about 08:10 in CNN Philippines Politics as Usual video May 2022: Who are you rooting for? | Politics As Usual reporter Xianne Arcangel discusses term-limited Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao's ...
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Why would Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio run for president of the Philippines as a "substitute candidate"? Substitute for what?

CNN's A dictator's son. A former actor. A champion boxer. Inside the manic race to replace Duterte as the Philippines' leader says: And there are signs (current and term-limited Philippine President ...
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Why does the government of the Philippines destroy illegally imported luxury cars instead of using or reselling them?

I'm reading the recent news The Philippines Just Crushed $1.2 Million in Smuggled Luxury Cars, Including a McLaren 620R (which also mentions "In 2018, [the Philippines president] had over $8 ...
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What happened in the 2010 election in the Philippines which cause Smartmatic to sue Dominion Voting systems?

After listening to Sydney Powell on Lou Dobbs for the umpteenth time, I decided to do some fact checking of my own. She was talking about smartmatic, which is a company that makes election software, ...
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Can China still be punished under UNCLOS in the Philippines v China case?

I have been learning about conflicts in the South China Sea involving China. I remember when the Philippines led an arbitration case against China and I still don't understand why an international ...
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Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office?

Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office?
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Could Duterte run for US president? Is he a U.S. citizen?

After all the Philippines got their independence in 1946 and he was born in 1945 which I believe implies he is a U.S. citizen. If he is a U.S. citizen would there be anything in law forbidding him ...
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Why is Duterte so anti-American under Trump?

I can understand why Duterte had reasons to be anti-American under Obama, who criticized him on human rights ground. But from what I gather (my sources are mainly Asia centric geopolitics podcasts ...
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Is there any evidence that Filipino president Duterte's war on drugs has been successful?

Is there any evidence to suggest that the war on drugs in the Philippines by president Duterte has proven to be successful, with regards to the reduction of drug-related crimes?
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Are there checks and balances in the Philippine Congress on Rodrigo Duterte?

Are there any limits to his power from Congress while he controls a majority there?
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Why did US armed forces retreat from the Philippines completely?

US used to have a large presence in the Philippines with strategic bombers (i.e. at Clark Air Base, which was evacuated after the 1991 Mt Pinatubo volcanic eruption and the US Air Force never went ...
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Were there any significant political events that led to the popularity of Rodrigo Duterte amongst Filipinos?

With an approval rating of 83% in the Philippines and dubbed "The Trump of the east". Were there any significant political events that led to the popularity of Rodrigo Duterte amongst Filipinos thus ...