Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman in the Netflix series Designated Survivor, which has inspired two new bills in the Philippines. Photo: AP

Netflix show inspires ‘designated survivor’ bills in Philippines

  • Two lawmakers have filed bills which would allow the president to designate a line of succession if the country’s top leadership is wiped out, as happened in a Netflix series
  • But critics say the bills could be part of a plot to allow President Rodrigo Duterte to name his successor, and there are simpler solutions
Topic |   The Philippines

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Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman in the Netflix series Designated Survivor, which has inspired two new bills in the Philippines. Photo: AP
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Antonio Sanchez was given nine life sentences for his involvement in rape and murder in two separate cases.

Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo wrote referral letter for jailed ex-mayor Antonio Sanchez serving 360-year sentence

  • At a Senate hearing, Sanchez’s wife said she asked some officials, including Panelo, to write referral letters and recommendations to help her husband with his clemency appeal
  • Sanchez was given a 360-year jail sentence for rape and murder, but was recently set to leave prison after only 24 years behind bars, sparking outrage in the Philippines
Topic |   The Philippines

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Antonio Sanchez was given nine life sentences for his involvement in rape and murder in two separate cases.
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