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Meet new boss Duterte, same as the old boss

Philippine president shares similarities with his predecessors

| Japan

President Rodrigo Duterte has been nicknamed Asia's "Trump of the East" and his administration portrayed as a harbinger of what could happen in the United States after Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president on Jan. 20.

Both alpha males burst onto the political scene at the same time and are seen as riding the global wave of populist, post-truth politics. But many who fear the stormy new dawn in American politics may find some solace, with all of its post-colonial ironies, in the Philippines.

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