The US Can’t Afford a Duterte II in the Philippines

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“The landslide victory of Ferdinand (‘Bongbong’) Marcos, Jr. in the Philippines’ presidential election raises new questions about the health and direction of Washington’s alliance with Manila. In some respects, the expiration of Rodrigo Duterte’s term in office may come as a relief to U.S. policymakers. Duterte was a frustrating, difficult, and at times embarrassing ally for the United States — especially given his regime’s notorious abuses of civil liberties. However, there is no guarantee that Marcos will be a significant improvement.” (06/09/22)