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last expressed his views in D+C/E+Z in the spring of 2022 as a Manila-based journalist.

All articles of Alan C. Robles

Extrajudicial killings

National suicide

President Duterte linked to unprecedented extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

Authoritarian attitudes

Chains coming?

Rodrigo Duterte, the president-elect of the Philippines, loves to swear and threaten to kill people

Beverage industry

A poor nation’s beer conquers the world

How a pils from Manila became a global brand

Local government

Meet Mayor Erap, the former president

More than a mere rerun? Joseph Estrada, the Philippines former president, is now running his nation’s capital city


Dysfunctional complexity

Metro Manila: why the governance structure is so complicated, and why that is not so unusual


Putting a check on leaders

Long before the Arab spring, mobilisation by SMS toppled a president in Philippines

Expanding market

Business dimensions

The Internet's business relevance has grown dramatically in the Philippines


Deadly pro-life rhetoric

Looking out of touch on reproductive health and gender issues, Catholic Church loses clout in the Philippines


Bishops versus majority

Catholic church opposes reproductive health bill in the Philippines

Challenged diplomacy

Disputed rocks

Why a few rocks in the South China Sea matter a lot

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