Philippines’ Next President: Implications for ASEAN

Voters in the Philippines fell in line with global trends of frustration over bureaucratic processes, by selecting a maverick leader who promises to shake up government, end corruption and bring rapid improvement. Rodrigo Duterte was elected president. “Standing on a platform of eradicating crime and corruption that have plagued the country, Duterte has shocked his countrymen’s sensibilities with his colourful language, threats to kill criminals and shut down Congress should an impeachment attempt be made when he comes to power,” writes Mely Caballero-Anthony for RSIS Commentary. “He has also startled neighbours with his tough statements on foreign relations.” The country of 100 million has enjoyed economic growth averaging above 6 percent since 2010, but poverty and inequality linger. The election has regional implications. The Philippines, chair for ASEAN in 2017, will be expected to preside over contentious issues including contested claims in the South China Sea. The entire region will benefit from a peaceful transition, deeper economic integration and thoughtful policy specifics analyzed in advance. – YaleGlobal

Philippines’ Next President: Implications for ASEAN

In a hotly contested election, Filipinos selected maverick Rodrigo Duterte – with implications for ASEAN and regional security
Mely Caballero-Anthony
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Mely Caballero-Anthony is associate professor and head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She was editor of
Political Change, Democratic Transitions and Security in Southeast Asia.

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