KCS County Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: Philippines

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It takes quite something for a potential national leader to glorify violence and illegality and ride this wave to election victory. We would think naturally of Donald Trump, who claimed he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and get away with it, or Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro who all but called for a military coup. But the ‘third man’ in this Trumpian triumvirate is undoubtedly the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, whose Greatest Hits include “Forget the rules on human rights” and “At least Germany had Hitler”. Having served as President since 2016, Duterte has since shaped the islands in his own image across the political and economic spheres – and far from positively.

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