People wait outside a shop that ceased operations on Boracay on April 25, after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte closed the island saying the waters off its beaches had become a "cesspool" due to overcrowding and development. Photo: AP

Is there more to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Boracay closure and drug war than meets the eye? 

Mark R. Thompson says low-profile dealings with a Chinese company, selective prosecution of drug traffickers and targeting of political enemies suggest there may be less wholesome (and less populist) reasons for the Philippine president’s moves

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People wait outside a shop that ceased operations on Boracay on April 25, after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte closed the island saying the waters off its beaches had become a "cesspool" due to overcrowding and development. Photo: AP
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