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Not all are bowing down before Philippine leader's 'drift toward authoritarian barbarism'

Duterte finds fear tactics won't impress everyone

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to wipe out a drug menace that has made addicts of nearly four million people. Part of his strategy has been regular assaults on what he thinks are national power centers. (Photo courtesy of the Presidential Communications Office)


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is learning the hard way that threats, slurs, and shaming have limited return of investment.

Duterte has hurled insults and curses at journalists, opposition politicians, Philippine human rights advocates, United Nations officials, and rights experts, and an array of Western leaders.

The pace of his diatribes has stepped up amid claims that a displaced local elite and the United States are conspiring to bring him down.

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