DR. PETER KOEPPINGER

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Nearly half of the Filipinos are poor, more than 25 percent are extremely poor, a terrible violation of human rights. Some weeks ago I explained that a “Social Market Economy,” which neither tolerates the inhuman consequences of purely profit-driven capitalism nor does it repeat the mistakes of socialist state-centralism, would…

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There are voices in the Philippine discussion about federalism who predict a disaster if ever a federalist system is established. I am afraid they are right. As a German, I strongly believe in the advantages of a federal system for a huge, multi-ethnic island archipelago like the Philippines. But a…

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“Rodrigo Duterte – the Donald Trump of the Philippines.” So we read and hear many times during the last months in newspapers, magazines, radio- and TV-programs all over the world. It is obvious that there are similarities: • Their populist appeal among the frustrated, disadvantaged, angry parts of the population,…