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Duterte versus the men in barracks

Military right to check abuse of presidential power but democratic institutions must be strengthened

| Philippines
The Philippine military did justice to democracy by not following President Rodrigo Duterte's unwarranted order.    © Reuters

Since coming to power, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has tirelessly sought to win over hearts and minds of the country's security forces. Unlike any of his recent predecessors, the Philippine president has lavished them with praise and increased their benefits, salaries, and bonuses.

But the powerful Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has, so far, stood its ground, maintaining a broadly professional relationship with the commander-in-chief.

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