Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits a military checkpoint during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Presidential Security Group Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits a military checkpoint during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Presidential Security Group
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits a military checkpoint during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Presidential Security Group
Michael Vatikiotis
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Michael Vatikiotis

Coronavirus is paving the way for a return to military rule in Asia

  • Poor leadership, weak institutions and public mistrust have exposed the fragility of countries which have embraced democratic reform
  • As the going gets tough, some are falling back on militaries that still command extensive networks of power and influence

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits a military checkpoint during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Presidential Security Group Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits a military checkpoint during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Presidential Security Group
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visits a military checkpoint during the coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Presidential Security Group
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