2018 is key to Duterte’s grab for authoritarian powers

Analysis by Raïssa Robles

Let me first greet you all a Happy and Fulfilling New Year!

Despite the harassment that’s been happening, I’m feeling optimistic about this year.

You see, I sense that Filipinos are slowly waking up to what’s happening – the killings, the viciousness, the thick faced impunity, the crude and blatant sharing of spoils, the corruption, the unfulfilled promises – and they’re speaking out more against these.

Which is why President Rodrigo Duterte and his political allies will try to move quickly this year to consolidate gains and political power. They cannot wait for 2019, which is when mid-term elections are scheduled. [Read More…]