More repression to come after Philippines elections

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Image: Pexels:  President Rodrigo Duterte speaking at a public event

The midterm elections in mid May were seen by everyone as a test for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his authoritarian rule and policies.

Human rights and labour activists were hoping that by exposing Duterte's corruption, lies and murderous campaigns in the war on drugs and martial law in Mindanao, it would weaken his allies and elect senators, governors and mayors that would become his opponents.

Unfortunately Duterte's allies used the media and state bureaucracy to their advantage to mount an election campaign focused on safety, security and nationalism.

APC talked to Manuel Del Rosario, secretary general -- Migrante Australia, about the election outcome and where to go for the left in the Philippines.

Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links, in the studio of 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia

Image: Pexels:  President Rodrigo Duterte speaking at a public event

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