Weighing up the legacy of Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte | Melbourne Asia Review

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For many, outgoing Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte will be remembered for his call for the extra-judicial killings of alleged drug dealers. He’s also gone after his critics in the media, the judiciary, and the legislature. But despite his apparent excesses, Duterte remains popular with ordinary Filipinos. What’s been the basis for his enduring popularity? And what are the long term consequences of his attacks on the nation’s democratic institutions? Philippines historian Dr Lisandro Claudio discusses the legacy of Duterte with presenter Ali Moore.

An Asia Institute podcast. Produced and edited by profactual.com. Music by audionautix.com. Transcript here.

Main image: Dr Lisandro Claudio. Listing image: Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte. Credit: Prachatai/Flickr.