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Ayala wins over Duterte with rapid response to Covid-19

Philippines conglomerate’s actions applauded by one of south-east Asia’s toughest and most feared politicians

In mid-March, when Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte declared a “state of calamity” after a spike in Covid-19 cases, economic and social stability in the developing archipelago nation was looking precarious. As the president imposed one of Asia’s strictest lockdowns on Metro Manila, police erected roadblocks, imposed harsh punishments for curfew violators, and prevented millions of…



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