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Philippine Fishermen Return to Scarborough Shoal

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After Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China last week, fishermen were allowed to return to Scarborough Shoal (Reuters). Scarborough Shoal is one of the main disputes between China and the Philippines regarding the South China Sea. Philippine officials stated that China has scaled down its maritime presence on the shoal (Reuters). However, Chinese officials […]

Duterte Seeks Alliances with China and Russia

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On September 26, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his intent to visit China and Russia in order to forge alliances with them. Duterte stated the Philippines was at the “point of no return” with the United States, and is seeking relations with the US’s historic rivals instead (Reuters). In order to open up business, trade […]

Drug War in the Philippines

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Since the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines two months ago, over 1,900 people have been killed in his war on drugs (Reuters). The death toll is approximately 36 people a day. According to police, the deaths are a result of drug dealers resisting arrest and gang feuds (Reuters). Almost all of the […]

Fighting Dirty in the Philippines

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Fighting between security forces and the Muslim rebel group Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga, a city in the southern Philippines, has been ongoing since September 9.  According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), both sides “have committed serious abuses.”  HRW spoke to a dozen rebel detainees who reported mistreatment by the police or military.  […]