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Duterte: Philippines’ brutal president must be condemned, but the West is guilty of double standards

Not since the grim Marcos era have Western commentators been so interested in the Philippines. Their focus is the country’s brutal and boorish president, Rodrigo Duterte, whose gruesome anti-drug campaign – death…

  • Tom Sykes
  • The Conversation

But some of these Western critics ignore or understate the role of Western policy in helping to create the conditions that birthed “Dutertismo”.

They have also simplified Duterte’s erratic policy gestures and not held the Western powers to the…

In his book Duterte Harry, Jonathan Miller acknowledges that poverty and inequality contributed to the popular disaffection that won Duterte the…

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