Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the arrival of fellow right-wing populist Donald Trump in the White House. Photo: AP
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

Twilight of Duterte presidency might also mean last days of Philippines’ long entanglement with the US

  • US human rights sanctions against leader’s inner circle far outweigh affinity between the straight-talking populists in Manila and Washington
  • Driven by domestic politics to boycott the US, Duterte may spend his last years in office moving closer to China

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the arrival of fellow right-wing populist Donald Trump in the White House. Photo: AP
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Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific" and the forthcoming "Duterte's Rise"