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Duterte has profited from the fact that no real alternative to his rule has been put forward — even if it is clear that poverty cannot be shot dead, people who experience addiction cannot be cured with truncheons, and separatists do not suddenly adhere to society at gunpoint. There are few lawmakers who dare to speak out against Duterte and his policies. Senator Leila De Lima, who had criticized the president's drug war early, remains in prison after being arrested on trumped-up narcotics charges in 2017. The Catholic Church is divided and has lost a great deal of the respect it once enjoyed because of its lack of action on cases of sexual abuse by clergy. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Rodrigo Duterte undoes democracy in Philippines
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