Press Freedom in the Philippines: Death by a Thousand Cuts

March 11, 2021

In less than two years, the editor-in-chief and CEO of the independent news site Rappler, Maria Ressa, has been issued 10 arrest warrants. The latest accusations against her involve tax evasion and failure to file accurate tax returns, which she testified against on March 4, 2021, before the Court...

Rodrigo Duterte Profits from Democracy Fatigue

May 24, 2019

The Philippines provides one example among many others across the globe of a crisis of confidence in democratic elections and processes. The midterm elections in the Philippines have produced a result most casual foreign observers were not expecting. The controversial populist president, Rodrigo...

Can the ICC Stop Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs?

March 05, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, leader of the opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte. In June 2017, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV led a delegation that came to Europe to lodge a formal complaint with the International Criminal...

Filipino Artists Respond to Duterte’s War on Drugs

December 02, 2017

Across political and geographic differences that mark Filipino communities at home and abroad, artistic initiatives are creating spaces to bridge divides. Along one long wall on the side of Manila’s Baclaran Church, visual artist Emil Yap has been working for two years on a mural that depicts...

Prosecuting Rodrigo Duterte: An Interview With Antonio Trillanes

In this guest edition of The Interview, Peter Isackson talks to Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. On June 6, a Philippine delegation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) led by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Representative Gary Alejano, accompanied by the lawyer Jude Sabio, lodged...

Battle for Birth Control in the Philippines

March 17, 2017

Traditional values are holding back the new executive order of President Rodrigo Duterte to promote the use of contraception in the Philippines. In 2012, a law was introduced to provide free contraception to the Philippine population of 100 million, many whom live in poverty. This January,...

The Asia Pacific in 2017

January 02, 2017

Chye Shu Wen provides a round-up of events in 2016 and highlights what can be expected in 2017. There is no doubt that 2016 will go down as a year that overwhelmed the Asia Pacific: Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump sent shockwaves across the region; the electoral wins of Taiwan’s first...

The World This Week: Philippines Spurns the US to Flirt With China

October 23, 2016

Chinese investors, importers and tourists are seducing the most loyal Asian ally of the US, putting Obama’s Asia Pivot at risk. This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Germany for the first time since 2014. Relations with the United States and other European powers have been...