One of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critics is now behind bars on drug charges, marking a political escalation of his anti-crime crackdown and opening a new chapter in his heavy-handed rule. Senator Leila de Lima was arrested on the morning of February 24, symbolically the day before the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution which ousted another Philippine strongman, Ferdinand Marcos.
Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, already embroiled in a notorious campaign to stamp out drugs, announced on Thursday he would halt all online gambling in his country. Duterte made the comment while announcing a 2017 budget that focused heavily on populist measures. He gave no timeframe for such a ban or details on its scope. The firebrand former mayor has been a worry for the country’s booming online gambling industry and in August scrapped one firm’s 13-year monopoly of gambling in licensed online cafes.