Spanning more than 300,000 sq km, the Republic of the Philippines has a complex history marked by successive waves of migration and periods of colonisation and occupation. Located south of Taiwan and east of Vietnam, and bounded to the west by the South China Sea and to the south by the Sulu and Celebes Seas, the Philippines is home to some 175 ethnolinguistic groups across its 7641 islands. Since proclaiming independence from the Spanish in 1898 and the US in 1946, the nation has faced successive…
From The Report: Philippines 2018
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Elections in June 2016 saw President Rodrigo Duterte assume his six-year term as the 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines. President Duterte won the May 2016 elections by a wide margin to become the first president from Mindanao, the country’s southernmost and second-largest island, ushering in a period of widespread change through the executive and legislative branches of government for the 106.5m-strong country. The administration of former President Benigno Aquino III had implemented changes that saw the Philippines become the fastest-growing economy in Asia as of the end of 2016, eclipsing even China. Sovereign credit rating upgrades, a continuous campaign to promote transparency and robust economic performance elevated the Philippines to a diplomatic, political and economic stature it had not enjoyed for decades. This chapter contains interviews with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte; and Jin Liqun, President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.