The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”.
Authors: Jenny D Balboa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Shinji Takenaka, Japan Center for Economic Research
Author: Cesar E A Virata, Manila
Steven Rood, Australian National University and Social Weather Stations
Ronnie Holmes, ANU
Renato Cruz De Castro, De La Salle University
The Philippines’ controversial president, Rodrigo Duterte, has once again grabbed global headlines with his inflammatory statements. This time, he reportedly invoked Hitler to underscore his commitment to continuing a‘shock and awe’ campaign against illegal drugs, which has provoked global outcry. In response to a chorus of international condemnation, senior Philippine officials were quick to dismiss Duterte’s latest off-the-cuff remarks as a joke that should not be taken literally. Recognizing his mistake, the president himself apologized “profoundly and deeply” and clarified that there “was never an intention to derogate” the Holocaust.