Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to jail anyone who files an impeachment complaint against him, even though doing so is a constitutional right granted to all citizens. Photo: Reuters

Will Duterte be impeached? Not likely, but the Philippines has a rich history of trying to topple presidents

  • The president is popular and his allies dominate the lower house of Congress, but a similar situation failed to save former leader Joseph Estrada
  • Impeachment threats recently surfaced after Duterte said he would allow Chinese fishermen to fish within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to jail anyone who files an impeachment complaint against him, even though doing so is a constitutional right granted to all citizens. Photo: Reuters
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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.