Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: EPA-EFE

38 dead, ‘plots’ against Rodrigo Duterte and an accused Olympic weightlifter: what’s the truth of Philippine election chaos?

  • Authorities are doing their best to play down the chaos ahead of the Philippine election. Is something deeper afoot?
  • One to watch is Senate race, where Duterte-backed candidates are vying for the 12 seats he needs to scrap 1987 Constitution and change system of government
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: EPA-EFE
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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.