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How COVID-19 undid Duterte's poser government in the Philippines

Incompetent president has proved out of his depth at every turn

| Philippines
At every turn, Duterte has been proven to be out of his depth.   © Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division/AP

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

Few Asian leaders are keener to consign this year to the history books than President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Yet posterity -- or even just 2021 -- might not be kind to Southeast Asia's weakest economic link amid the COVID-19 era.

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