The year 2016 was a bloody year of struggle, especially for the farmers of Southern Mindanao. Last year, farmers felt the devastating effects of a year long dry spell, and bore the brunt of violence both from state agents and private companies.
When it comes to fighting crime, Duterte is known for his brand of leadership style—the “iron-fist” approach. For him, as someone who eats death threats during breakfast, such approach is the best way to restore peace and order across the country.
Ahead of the third round of talks between the Duterte government and the communists this month, 2016 ended with a bumpy but fruitful peace negotiations.