Fighters of the New People’s Army. Photo: EPA

Explained: the Philippines’ communist rebellion is Asia’s longest-running insurgency

  • Devoted to overthrowing the government, the rebels have never politically controlled any province or even a single city
  • However, from bases in the forests and mountains across the country, guerillas have continued fighting for decades
Topic |   The Philippines

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Fighters of the New People’s Army. Photo: EPA
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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

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
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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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