Rodrigo Duterte: economic plan in spotlight

The new Philippine president’s aggression scares some. But his willingness to shake things up could pay off for foreign companies and banks.

It’s February 9, and Rodrigo Duterte steps on stage in front of a raucous crowd in Manila for his first major speech since announcing his candidacy for president. But as Duterte speaks, a brave soul taps him on the shoulder. Duterte has turned the wrong way, the man points out. The camera is filming his back.

Duterte appears to consider the request, turning briefly to face the cameras and lights. But he soon thinks better of it and continues to speak to a group behind the stage, leaving his back to the camera for 15 minutes.

The moment offers a telling picture of Duterte’s campaign, and of...

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