The question of Duterte's succession

President Rodrigo Duterte at his State of the Nation Address in Quezon City, the Philippines, on Monday. The topic of succession looms as he grapples with one of the worst epidemic outbreaks and economic crises in the region.
President Rodrigo Duterte at his State of the Nation Address in Quezon City, the Philippines, on Monday. The topic of succession looms as he grapples with one of the worst epidemic outbreaks and economic crises in the region.PHOTO: REUTERS

In retrospect, President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth State of the Nation Address will likely be his most important.

More than ever, the question of succession looms over the horizon, as the President grapples with what has become among the worst epidemic outbreaks and economic crises in the region.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 02, 2020, with the headline 'The question of Duterte's succession'. Print Edition | Subscribe