Prince Charles rides a speedboat given to him by Imelda Marcos. (Photo: Tim Graham via Getty)

Our Men in Manila

The favourite to win the Philippine presidential election on 9 May is Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, whose father, Ferdinand Sr, was responsible for over 3,000 summary executions, 34,000 cases of torture and 70,000 wrongful incarcerations when he ruled the country between 1965 and 1986.  Today Bongbong is an eager advocate for outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte’s […]

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Arming the Philippines: It’s a Duterte job, but does Britain have to do it?

Thousands of people have been killed in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte, but the UK has massively increased arms exports to his authoritarian regime and is prioritising trade and investment with the country — partly as a post-Brexit bulwark against China.

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