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Daily news – February 7, 2022 a.m.

AFGHANISTAN Bamiyan Buddhas and Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage. Rishika Dhumal, Vivekananda International Foundation: In Afghanistan, Buddhist cave temples are concentrated in three regions: Jalalabad (180 caves), Haibak (200 caves) and Bamiyan (1000 caves). The Bamiyan Buddhas are part of a Buddhist site in Bamiyan Valley of Bamiyan River, 230km northwest of Kabul and 2500m above sea […]

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Philippines’ presidential bet Marcos shuns talk of past atrocities (Reuters)

Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr has made it clear he will not discuss the past, after dismissing media questions about his father’s dictatorial rule and overthrow in a popular uprising 35 years ago. Marcos, 64, the early frontrunner in 2022 surveys, has been dodging questions about a brutal era of martial law that started seven years […]

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Philippines to acquire missile system from India for $375m (Al Jazeera)

The Philippines has finalised a deal to acquire a shore-based anti-ship missile system from India for nearly $375m to beef up its navy, the Southeast Asian nation’s defence minister said. The Philippines is in the late stages of a five-year, P300 billion ($5.85bn) project to modernise its military’s outdated hardware that includes warships from World […]

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No clear front runner yet in Philippine presidential race (Jose Ramon G Albert, East Asia Forum)

Election fever kicked-off in the Philippines in October as several prominent public figures filed their candidacies for president. No clear front runner yet in Philippine presidential race | East Asia Forum

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Duterte is playing both sides (Michael Beltran, The Interpreter)

Whether in relations with the United States or China,the Philippines remains a plaything in power politics. Duterte is playing both sides (lowyinstitute.org)

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Philippines’ Supreme Court says parts of anti-terror law unconstitutional (Reuters)

The Philippines’ Supreme Court said on Thursday parts of a anti-terrorism law passed last year were unconstitutional, in a decision hailed by one of its opponents as a “partial victory”. Philippines’ Supreme Court says parts of anti-terror law unconstitutional | Reuters

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Discord threatens the Duterte dynasty (Makoi Popioco, East Asia Forum)

The chaos of the eleventh-hour substitution filing for the 2022 Philippines elections confirmed the disaccord in the Duterte dynasty. But these disagreements may not be permanent as their broader impact on the elections remains to be seen. Discord threatens the Duterte dynasty | East Asia Forum

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Duterte’s chosen successor abandons Philippines presidential race (Al Jazeera)

Philippine Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, the preferred successor to incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte, has announced his withdrawal from the race to be the country’s next leader. After days of speculation, Go said on Tuesday he was pulling out of the 2022 presidential campaign because it was “not yet my time”. Duterte’s chosen successor abandons Philippines […]

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Accountable leadership is a matter of life and death for the Philippines (Jenny D Balboa, East Asia Forum)

The Philippines experienced another surge in COVID-19 infections in the third quarter of 2021 due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant. The surge has dampened the country’s chance for an economic rebound, further strained the already fragile health system and exposed the inept strategy of the government, which has struggled to balance opening […]

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Philippines tells China to ‘back off’ after South China Sea clash (Al Jazeera)

Three ships from the Chinese coastguard blocked and fired water cannons on two Philippines supply boats within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the disputed South China Sea, the Philippines has said. Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin said the incident took place near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) on November 16 and the Philippine vessels, […]

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Timing is everything when reviewing the US–Philippines alliance (Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby, East Asia Forum)

The US–Philippines alliance is one of the most enduring arrangements in the Indo-Pacific, encompassing deep interpersonal ties and robust trade and investment partnerships. While the overarching relationship has been expanded, the military pact remains anchored in the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), a document that reflects the geopolitical dynamics of 1951 more than the realities of […]

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Media freedom is the lifeblood of Philippine democracy — and it’s under threat (East Asia Forum)

If there’s a silver lining for the Philippines’ beleaguered democracy, it’s that its increasingly autocratic president, Rodrigo Duterte, is limited to a single six-year term by the country’s constitution. Media freedom is the lifeblood of Philippine democracy — and it’s under threat | East Asia Forum