President Rodrigo Duterte with his daughter, Davao city mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and members of his delegation on a flight bound for Israel. Photo: EPA
Richard Heydarian
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Richard Heydarian

Philippine midterm elections: Duterte must find an heir – or face the music on his drug war

  • History hasn’t been kind to recent Philippine presidents. If Duterte is to avoid a similar fate he must succeed where they failed – by ensuring his anointed successor takes power.
  • Step forward daughter Sara and long-time aide Bong Go

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President Rodrigo Duterte with his daughter, Davao city mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and members of his delegation on a flight bound for Israel. Photo: EPA
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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"