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Duterte's march to illiberal democracy

Philippine political elite acquiesces in a rebirth of populism

| Philippines

Three decades after the downfall of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship, the specter of authoritarianism is once again haunting the Philippines, one of Asia's oldest democracies.

On Nov. 30, marking the birthday of Filipino revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio, thousands of supporters of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took to the streets of Manila, calling for the installation of a "revolutionary government." The rally was organized by pro-Duterte civic society groups, which support the suspension of the existing democratic constitution in favor of an imperial presidency.

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