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Duterte's 'Game of Thrones' alarms Philippines investors

Federalism plan would boost president's hopes of staying in office

| Philippines

Filipinos love "Game of Thrones" as much as anyone. HBO's sweeping medieval fantasy drama about rival dynasties plotting for supremacy wins huge ratings in Southeast Asia's third biggest economy. But are the nation's 105 million people ready to be cast as extras?

The plotline came into focus Monday as President Duterte gave his third state of the nation address. Hours before a speech thick with menace and barely veiled threats of violence, a previous throne holder, Gloria Arroyo, staged a power play to become House of Representatives speaker.

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