MANILA – In perhaps the clearest sign yet of outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fruitless strategic lean toward China, the outgoing leader’s chief diplomat has announced bilateral energy exploration talks in the South China Sea have collapsed. “The President had spoken. I carried out his instructions to the letter: oil and gas discussions are terminated […]
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MANILA – Just weeks after appointing A-list technocrats to his cabinet, President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr is showing his populist stripes. The Filipino leader, who will officially be sworn in by the end of this month, has made the unprecedented move of appointing himself as incoming agriculture secretary, thus concurrently serving in key top positions […]
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