Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AFP

Is Duterte’s ‘drug tsar’ job offer to opposition leader Leni Robredo for real?

  • The Philippine president was angered by the vice-president’s criticism of his war on drugs, saying: ‘You’re brighter? You try it’
  • Duterte and Robredo have been at odds over his controversial drugs war since both were elected separately in 2016
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. 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.