Rodrigo Duterte

Deportation Of Former City Councillor To Philippines On Drug Charges Demonstrates Hypocrisy On Refugee Policy

Taiwan continues to prove an unfriendly place to refugees, with the deportation of Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog back to the Philippines late last month. Parojinog was suspected of drug trafficking in the Philippines and it is possible that he may be killed after he returns, given current Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte's campaign of state-sanctioned violence and extrajudicial executions against drug dealers and users... Read More

Filipino Accusations of Taiwanese Drug Trafficking Complicate Diplomatic Relations

Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte made diplomatic waves last month during a speech at a police academy in the Philippines by claiming that Taiwan was a major source of drugs entering the Philippines, listing Taiwan as a primary origin of the drug trade in comparison to China and other neighboring countries. This action provoked a strong reaction from the Taiwanese government, who rebutted the claims and reaffirmed their strong partnership with the Philippines in combatting cross-border crime and drug trafficking... Read More

Duterte’s Detente with China and Its Implications for Taiwan

Rodrigo Duterte, the recently elected president of the Philippines, brought his brazen anti-American rhetoric to its logical conclusion this week with his proclamation before the People’s Congress in Beijing that he would be ending his country’s alliance with the United States and would be switching his partnership to China. What are the implications for Taiwan?... Read More