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,
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.