Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte only launched a lockdown after initially denying the pandemic was at risk of escalating. Photo: Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte only launched a lockdown after initially denying the pandemic was at risk of escalating. Photo: Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte only launched a lockdown after initially denying the pandemic was at risk of escalating. Photo: Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP
Mark R Thompson
Opinion

Opinion

Mark R Thompson

Duterte’s ‘shoot-them-all’ approach to Covid-19 threatens his legacy as poor suffer in the Philippines

  • Under the lockdown, the social conditions of the poor have worsened dramatically, which culminated in Duterte threatening to shoot demonstrators demanding food
  • While he remains a popular leader, vows of upholding ‘discipline’ ring hollow when the poor go hungry, leaving Duterte at a turning point in his presidency

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte only launched a lockdown after initially denying the pandemic was at risk of escalating. Photo: Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte only launched a lockdown after initially denying the pandemic was at risk of escalating. Photo: Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte only launched a lockdown after initially denying the pandemic was at risk of escalating. Photo: Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP
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