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...

John Bolton Declares War on International Law

September 18, 2018

Thanks to John Bolton, we seem to have entered a new universe of primordial punishment, directed at anyone unwilling to conform to US dictates or bow down before its global authority. Hired in March as national security adviser to give new impetus to Donald Trump’s foreign policy, John Bolton...

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,...

Philippine Islamist Group Shifts Target to Commercial Vessels

December 14, 2016

The Abu Sayyaf Group has been involved in a growing number of kidnappings targeting commercial vessels. The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), a Philippines-based Islamist organization, has conducted tens of attacks against vessels in the Sulu and Celebes Seas since March 2016—although since October, it...

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...