President Duterte’s Crazy Drug War Is Just the Beginning | Foreign Policy

We are entering the ‘winter’ of discontent

“Chito Gascon, head of the Philippines Commission on Human Rights, doesn’t mince words: “This is probably the biggest challenge to democracy since the dictatorship,” he says. “With the election of Mr. Duterte we’re moving away from the post-authoritarian democratic consensus to a period of illiberal democracy.” The Philippines, he says, is now aligning itself with the global trend towards “popularly elected despots,” who use their voter mandates to undermine institutions and consolidate their personal power.”


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