Experts say a strong reliance on tough lockdowns and a militaristic approach, without focus on other preventative measures, is a lethal combination – as seen in how poorly the Philippine government handled previous months of the pandemic.
In his nearly two-hour State of the Nation Address riddled with contradictions and ironies, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte laid future plans to continue to exert his power against those he considers enemies.
Duterte Personally Asked Xi Jinping for COVID-19 Vaccines, As He Praised His Own Govt’s Pandemic Approach
The Philippine President made the bold claim during his 2020 State of the Nation Address, amid growing concerns over his administration’s pandemic management and foreign policy shift towards China.
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The whole thing was streamed on Facebook Live.
Police also shot a man on a motorcycle dead for allegedly evading a checkpoint.
As thousands have been killed in President Duterte's drug war, some government officials are learning to treat people who use drugs with empathy.
“The one million prize is available to those who can capture them dead or alive. But maybe dead would be a better option. I will pay you smiling."
At an event aimed at celebrating women's achievements, President Rodrigo Duterte couldn’t, yet again, hold back on the sexist comments.
“My only sin is the extrajudicial killings.”
“You cannot exercise any proceedings here without basis. That is illegal and I will arrest you.”
"The Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute effective immediately.”