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Duterte's populist rants risk further harm to ailing economy

Philippine president had more to say about anointed successor than economic recovery

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Rodrigo Duterte, right, speaks beside Senator Christopher "Bong" Go on Mar. 12: the Philippine President repeatedly praised his likely heir apparent.   © Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division/AP

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, columnist and author of "The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy" and the "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

Confronting the greatest crisis in a generation, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth state of the nation address this week. Instead of providing a clear road map toward revival, it exposed his growing sense of vulnerability, and how he can extend his authoritarian agenda.

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