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Duterte brings Kremlin-style power shuffle to Manila Bay

President's backers must avoid emulating Putin's vice presidential ploy

| Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte, pictured on Mar. 5: there are ways in which the president could continue steering the nation. (Handout photo from Presidential Communications Operations Office)

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

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