Duterte is the Putin of Asia. Maria Ressa is the proof

Every disruptive world leader fancies himself as a singularly authentic, historic figure without precedent. And Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is arguably one of the defining figures of our time, the ultimate face of populism in Asia.Yet even Duterte is not unique. If anything, his unvarnished style of governance draws heavily from a man he once described as his “favourite hero”: Vladimir Putin.The Russian president is arguably the forefather of 21st century authoritarian populism, where…