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Installation view of PACITA ABAD’s “A Million Things to Say” at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, 2018. Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.

Philippines

In his third year in office, President Rodrigo Duterte, infamous for his unstatesmanlike behavior, continued to disregard judicial processes in his war against drugs that has led to thousands of deaths, including those of political figures. Critics of the extrajudicial killings and the government’s policies face censorship. On January 16, the government revoked the operating license of independent news website Rappler. On October 3, the military labeled 18 Metro Manila universities enemies of the state for showing films about the martial law-era, arguing that the screenings could incite student rebellions. Artists, filmmakers and academics decried the attempt to limit their freedom of expression at a public conference and protests.

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