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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?

Prior to the invasion of Crimea, this was common in Ukraine. In this 2009 video from the debates between Yushchenko and Yanukovych, you can see them switching freely between Russian and Ukrainian. ...
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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?

Kenya has presidential debates where a mix of English and Kiswahili is used - see for example the second presidential debate in 2013. Candidates generally prefer to speak English but do slip into ...
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Could Duterte run for US president? Is he a U.S. citizen?

President Duterte was born in 1945. In 1946 the Phillipines became independent, and all US nationals were required to give up their US nationality to obtain Filipino citizenship. For those born ...
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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?

Belgium doesn't have a president, but considering that the monarch is largely symbolic and it's the Prime minister who holds all the power I guess that counts as a president here? Since Belgium is a ...
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Is there any evidence that Filipino president Duterte's war on drugs has been successful?

As indicated by comments, it is very hard to evaluate the effectiveness of the fight against war on drugs. The official data is presented on Wikipedia, but they are challenged by other sources: ...
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Were there any significant political events that led to the popularity of Rodrigo Duterte amongst Filipinos?

TL;DR: the "significant political event" was a drastic lowering of reported crime rate since he took office (CNN Philippines): The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the crime rate in ...
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Why is Duterte so anti-American under Trump?

I'm not sure that all of your premises holds up. While the view on the American people is positive, the view on American leadership is less so. 94% had confidence in Obama regarding world affairs, but ...
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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?

Switzerland qualifies for the "more": While the "President" is a collegium of seven members from different parties, it comes closest to what you would consider a President. It is ...
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Why is the US military not taking actions against allegedly Chinese maritime militias in the South China sea?

As explained in the comment by Faito Dayo, I don't think the US could do a lot more than they currently do without this being seen as an act of war against China by China. First, according to the ...
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Why annul instead of divorce?

Not an expert, but I see several reasons: 1: The person is of a religion that does not allow divorce. (Catholic) If the marriage was invalid all along, and the court agrees, some may feel more ...
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Why does the government of the Philippines destroy illegally imported luxury cars instead of using or reselling them?

One issue is how you would sell the cars and at what price. The usual way to sell seized items is an auction where they would be expected to fetch a low price. This would further undermine the legal ...
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Are there checks and balances in the Philippine Congress on Rodrigo Duterte?

In theory (according to the Philippine constitution), the Legislative branch should provide a check on the President's spending and the Judicial provides a check on Presidential appointments (having ...
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Why did US armed forces retreat from the Philippines completely?

Why Did the US Have Bases in the Philippines? First of all, why did the US have military bases in the Philippines to begin with? After World War II, the United States and the Philippines jointly ...
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What's the reason for the deadlock between China and the Phillipines over oil exploitation issues in the South China Sea?

Question: What's the reason for the deadlock between China and the Philippines over oil exploitation issues in the South China Sea? Generally, according to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the ...
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When did the Philippines promise to tow away the Sierra Madre?

No such promise has been made publicly, and China has not been specific about who made the promise or when. House member France Castro has alleged that the promise may have been made privately by ...
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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?

The US. Kind of. An edge case, but the 2019 Democratic primary elections for US president, several of the candidates spoke partially in Spanish during the debate. Whether this trend will continue ...
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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?

Taiwan Candidates speak both Mandarin and Hokkien. Example: In the 2023-12-30 Presidential Debate (YouTube), Lai Ching-te spoke mostly in Mandarin with occasional slips into Hokkien. Ko Wen-je spoke ...
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Why might Philippine president Bongbong Marcos have problems visiting the US because of "court cases" there?

What court cases might pose the greatest challenges to a Marcos visit to the US? Most people who would avoid the US because of court cases are seeking to avoid submitting themselves to the ...
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Origin of bill "urgency" in the Philippines, how does it work and how widespread is it in other democracies?

The cited authority when the President certifies a bill as urgent is the following THE 1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES – ARTICLE VI SECTION 26. (1) Every bill passed by the ...
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Origin of bill "urgency" in the Philippines, how does it work and how widespread is it in other democracies?

In fact, many countries'executives have way more effective means to push for urgent legal measures, if they feel the need to. For example, in many countries the executive can issue a decree (or, in ...
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What happened in the 2010 election in the Philippines which cause Smartmatic to sue Dominion Voting systems?

I can find no specific information on an error in the 2010 Philippines election relating to Dominion voting systems (there's lots of comments about Smartmatic machines having problems, but without ...
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Why would Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio run for president of the Philippines as a "substitute candidate"? Substitute for what?

The use of the term 'substitute' is referring to the fact that although the initial candidacy filing period of October 1st to October 8th has expired, Sara Duterte-Carpio (or another candidate) could ...
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How can Pichay be president of the Philippine chess federation and sentenced to imprisonment re conviction of graft?

The Chess Federation is an NGO; it's a private club not an branch of the government. There's no law that says convicted criminals can't be presidents of private clubs. Of course if the club president ...
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Origin of bill "urgency" in the Philippines, how does it work and how widespread is it in other democracies?

In Germany, the Federal government can declare laws urgent (Art. 76 GG), which reduces the time the Bundesrat (states' chamber of parliament) has to respond from six weeks to just three. Some but not ...
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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?

Besides Spanish, Spain has five other co-official languages (though official use is limited to their region): Aranese, Basque, Catalan, Galician and Valencian. Due in part to the increased presence of ...
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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"?

Very broadly and simply put: 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"? Manny is ...
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Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office?

Voting in elections Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries? Most likely, yes. Both countries have universal suffrage meaning that there is (from Wikipedia) the right to vote of all ...
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Are there checks and balances in the Philippine Congress on Rodrigo Duterte?

Yes. According to the congress' Wikipedia page the congress has the following powers (I only quote the ones that seem like checks on the president): Confirming presidential appointees through the ...
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