America’s President-elect Donald Trump: the Duterte of the West? Photo: AFP

Did Philippines’ ‘Trump of the East’ predict America’s ‘Duterte of the West’?

Days before Donald Trump’s stunning election success, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Jose Antonio – Trump’s business partner in the Philippines – to the post of “special envoy to the US to enhance business ties”

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America’s President-elect Donald Trump: the Duterte of the West? Photo: AFP
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.