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Te country is made up 81 provinces and 38 cities. Colonised by the Spanish, the Americans then invaded early last century and the country has never really emerged from its client-state status. Te country is filled with Americanisms with large chain stores and restaurants, even though it is said the vast majority of Filipinos live on less than $2 a day and around 25 per cent of the population still lives under the poverty line.


by 2017 the state apparently stopped publishing data. Duterte is Chairman of the ruling party PDP Laban (Philippine Democratic Party), which is a left wing party and the result of a merger in 1982 between the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino and Lakas ng Bayan and was founded by Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel Jr (PDP) and Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr (Laban) and a group of protestors who were against the authoritarian government run at the time by Ferdinand Marcos and the ruling KBL party.


TOURISM AND ECONOMY Political turmoil and high levels of crime and


poverty aside, the Philippines is a beautiful location in the Pacific with around 7,000 islands offering beach, jungle, volcanoes and mountains.


Te country is made up 81 provinces and 38 cities. Colonised by the Spanish, the Americans then invaded early last century and the country has never really emerged from its client-state status. Te country is filled with Americanisms with large chain stores and restaurants, even though it is said the vast majority of Filipinos live on less than $2 a day and around 25 per cent of the population still lives under the poverty line.


Te country is however one of the most dynamic economies in the East Asia Pacific region with a large young population and strong consumer demand. Real economic growth slowed in 2019 but was still strong with six per cent year on year growth.


Te country has been struggling to contain the Coronavirus outbreak and by October 20 there were a total of 359,000 cases and 6,675 deaths.


Tere have been strict regional lockdowns and many have accused the government of being unprepared and overwhelmed with the health crisis and economic problems that have followed.


Duterte’s response has always been the offensive and he is well known for launching attacks on activists or shutting down media networks whilst the extrajudicial killings of Duterte’s political enemies apparently continued during lockdown with many activists believing they are now simply ‘sitting ducks’.


Te death in August of Zara Alvarez, a legal worker for the human rights group Karapatan has highlighted the issue. She was shot in the back by an unidentified gunman and was


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