Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Kyodo

Explained: dictator Marcos, Duterte’s drug war and Islamic militancy in Philippines

  • Philippines became independent in 1946 after the second world war but remains one of America’s long-standing allies in the region
  • Rodrigo Duterte ran for president in 2016 promising brutal purge of suspected drug dealers. Upon his election, he followed through
Topic |   The Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Kyodo
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Gigi Choy

Gigi Choy

Gigi Choy joined the Post as a reporter in 2019. Prior this, she interned on the Asia desk, covering politics, culture and social issues.