Philippines suffers world’s biggest drop in rule of law under Duterte

THE Philippines, under President Rodrigo Duterte, has experienced the biggest drop in rule of law globally over the last 12 months, according to a new report from the World Justice Project (WJP). The Southeast Asian nation dropped 18 places to 88th in the 2018 Rule of Law Index, but is still not the worst country in the region. Cambodia received one of the lowest scores in the world, with only Venezuela ranking lower. Globally, the report reveals a dip in fundamental human rights and justice in almost two-thirds of the 113 countries surveyed, raising concerns of a worldwide surge in authoritarian nationalism and a retreat from international legal obligations. SEE ALSO: Asia does not have a single ‘fully democratic’ state – report The 2018 index gathers data from more than 110,000 households and 3,000 experts to compare their experiences of legal systems worldwide. It calculates weighted scores across eight separate categories,...


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