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The tide is turning against Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sara

Nobel Peace Prize for Maria Ressa has further strengthened opposition resolve

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Rodrigo Duterte's grip on power is now more fragile than ever.    © Reuters

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."

The Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to co-award this year's Peace Prize to Maria Ressa, along with Russian journalist Dmitri A. Muratov, could not have come at a more crucial juncture in Philippine politics as the country heads toward elections that will test the future of its democracy.

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