MANUEL “MANNY” P. MOGATO is Editor-at-Large and opinion writer, writing under the column “In the Trenches.” As Reuters Manila correspondent, he and two other colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2018 for their coverage of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
Rodrigo Duterte is digging his own grave. The more he opens his mouth to defend his daughter’s scrapped confidential and intelligence funds, the deeper the hole he digs.
It was a breakthrough, but there was a backlash. There were some praises, but it was widely bashed, indicating that Filipinos were not ready to see robots reading sports stories on television or any social media platforms.
War has been declared. The battle lines have been drawn, breaking the alliance that brought together two powerful political families to the zenith of power in the country in the May 2022 elections.
The world does not need another global geopolitical problem, a broader conflict in the Middle East, which could create more significant humanitarian crises, seriously affecting the Philippines.
Send the patrol now and drive away Chinese militia vessels from uninhabited features and stop them from further destroying the lifeblood of the country’s economy.