A new report details how tropical storms are fuelling the rise of authoritarian governments through relief aid distributed to citizens in the form of a 'bribe' by Sam McKain On 8 November 2013, at 4.40am, Typhoon Yolanda (aka Hurricane Haiyan) made landfall in Eastern Samar at peak capacity and proceeded to create a path of utter devastation through the Visayas, the Philippine's central island group. With wind speeds reaching a sustained velocity of over 150mph this tropical storm affected the lives of more than 14 million inhabitants in the Philippines. Using the slow response of the government as a political leveraging tool, authoritarian leaning presidential hopeful Rodrigo Duterte, challenged
From the perspective of President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, convicted killer Antonio Sanchez -- a former client -- has no legal right to time off for good behavior. Panelo said in a statement released today that Sanchez, the former mayor of Calauan in Laguna, does not stand to benefit from ...This article, Duterte spokesman says former client Sanchez ineligible for early release, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company. Want more Coconuts? Sign up for our newsletters!