Duterte’s ‘shoot-them-all’ approach to Covid-19 threatens his legacy as poor suffer in the Philippines

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Duterte’s ‘shoot-them-all’ approach to Covid-19 threatens his legacy as poor suffer in the Philippines

Professor Mark R THOMPSON of CityU's Department of Asian and International Studies comments on Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's handling of COVID-19 in the Philippines.

Interviewee: Prof Mark THOMPSON (Department of Asian and International Studies)     Media: SCMP     Publishing Date: 6 May 2020    

Under the lockdown, the social conditions of the poor have worsened dramatically, which culminated in Duterte threatening to shoot demonstrators demanding food. While he remains a popular leader, vows of upholding ‘discipline’ ring hollow when the poor go hungry, leaving Duterte at a turning point in his presidency.

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