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Maria Ressa’s Libel Conviction Is a Blow to Press Freedom

James Risen The Intercept
Ressa and Rappler have so angered Duterte with their unstinting coverage of his brutal drug war, which has left thousands dead, that since 2017, Duterte has used one trumped-up legal charge after another to try to silence them.

The U.S. is Funding a War on Poor People in the Philippines

Noah Alexander Flora The Progressive
beaten and injured activist from Filipino demonstration The Philippine National Police, implicated in the suppression of labor movements and President Duterte’s war on drugs, receive a significant amount of funding through U.S. foreign military financing.
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