REUTERS/Erik De Castro - Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte votes at a polling precinct for national elections in Davao city in southern Philippines

Opinion | Southeast Asia View

The Philippines under President Duterte

May 23, 2016, Richard Javad Heydarian

The recent election of Rodrigo Duterte signals the Philippines' entrance into a new era of uncertainty. On foreign policy, the Philippines under Duterte may seek to mend ties with China and approach the United States with more caution, in an effort to balance the two superpowers. Domestically, Duterte's bombastic rhetoric and checkered human rights record invite questions about his democratic values.

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