Can Duterte Back Up His Tough Talk as President of the Philippines?

A campaign billboard for presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in his hometown of Davao City, southern Philippines, May 11, 2016 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).
A campaign billboard for presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in his hometown of Davao City, southern Philippines, May 11, 2016 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).

Earlier this month, Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking mayor, emerged as the winner of the Philippines’ presidential election. Although the presumptive president won’t be inaugurated until June 30, his victory has already sparked worries about a dramatic reversal from his reform-minded predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, who had ushered in a six-year period of impressive economic growth and begun to address the dizzying array of political and security challenges that have led the Philippines to lag behind some of its neighbors for decades. But how much will Duterte’s rhetoric actually translate into reality at home and abroad? On domestic policy, several of […]

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