The Philippines Election was Corrupt—and a Victory for Democracy
In the New President, Some See a Demagogue but Others See a Much-Needed Reformer
The Philippines is a sports-loving nation—from boxing to basketball. Seven years ago, the government even named the martial art known as Modern Arnis as our national sport.
But the country’s actual national sport may be the political election.
The Philippines has just gone through a campaign season that engaged the whole country to a degree I have not seen before—and made news all over the world. It culminated in electing our new president Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte, a lawyer and former mayor known for outrageous populist rhetoric that has drawn comparisons to …