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Philippine leader will ride out key controversies

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Significance

In November, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Rodolfo Azurin said killings in anti-drugs operations would be minimised. Marcos is coming under pressure from critics over his determination to establish the fund and sustain the drug war launched by his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte.

Impacts

  • The International Criminal Court may soon resume its investigation into the drug war, on hold for more than a year.
  • Detractors of the fund proposal will increasingly draw parallels with the scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
  • Marcos will face growing criticism over the high levels of government debt and inflation.

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