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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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War on drugs / Duterte promises to kill his son if he is proven to be caught in drug cartel

By: Paul Millar - Posted on: November 28, 2017 | Current Affairs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest child finds himself at the heart of a scandal that could force the country’s first family from power

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, son of President Rodrigo Duterte, takes his oath during a Senate inquiry in Pasay City, south Manila, Philippines, 07 September 2017 Photo: Francis R Malasig/EPA

Who is he?

The firstborn son of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Paolo ‘Pulong’ Duterte has closely followed in his father’s footsteps. Serving as chairman of Davao City’s Association of Barangay Captains from 2008 – a position that comes with a seat on the city council – Duterte ran for vice-mayor unopposed in 2013. Now, with his father in the highest office and his sister Sara serving once more as Davao City mayor, Duterte sits as second-in-command of a city that stands as the foundation of a flourishing political dynasty.

Why is he in the news?

Paolo Duterte was forced to face a Senate investigation last month after opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV accused him of being connected to a Chinese drug cartel responsible for a shipment of more than 600kg of methamphetamine seized by Philippine police. Trillanes revealed photos of the eldest Duterte offspring meeting with several Chinese nationals accused of corruption within the Bureau of Customs, as well as alleging that Duterte was concealing a dragon-shaped gang tattoo on his back. Duterte declined to disrobe before the Senate.

Are the allegations true?

If they are, Trillanes hasn’t been able to prove it – which may be a lucky break for Duterte junior, whose father has promised to have him killed if he is proved to be involved in drug trafficking. “Whether or not [Trillanes] will be able to find [direct evidence] would be the million dollar question,” Ateneo de Davao University’s politics chair Ramon Beleno III said. “He has been stating allegations since the start of the election period last year. However, none has been proven so far.”

Illustraion by Antiochus Omissi

What does this mean for President Duterte?

Just how bad this could get for the Duterte dynasty depends on what’s turned up by an upcoming ombudsman investigation into the family’s extensive ‘unexplained wealth’ prompted by Trillanes’ allegations. Either way, Beleno said, the drama could be a bad look for the president: “It might be putting a toll on the reputation and character of the president in fighting corruption, since the issue is also tackling corrupt practices within the Bureau of Customs. On the other hand, the allegations… might be eroding the foundations of his war on drugs.”

How will this play out in the public arena?  

Aries Arugay, associate professor of political science at the University of the Philippines, said the presumption of Paolo’s innocence exposed the deep hypocrisy in his father’s drug war. “Paolo Duterte reveals that certain people with privilege and access to power are the ones that are extended these rights. But it only validates the idea that in the Philippines human rights have never been fully implemented to all Filipinos.”

This article was published in the November edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here