The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is facing a military coup, and the United States is looking for a way to stop it.
But it’s not just the Philippines that is on the brink of a military takeover, experts say.
“We are facing a coup, an authoritarian coup,” said David R. Cohen, a scholar at the Brookings Institution who has studied military coups and other military-backed coups.
“And that coup is going to happen in a number of countries in Latin America, in Asia, in Europe.
And it is not going to be a coup in a vacuum.
There will be a military response.
There is a military buildup that is happening in Europe.”
President Duterte’s regime is in a standoff with the United Nations over an order to declare martial law.
The order was issued last week after an alleged drug lord was shot dead by police.
The United States has accused Duterte’s government of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings.
In recent days, the administration has been calling for the release of more than 1,100 political prisoners.
The Philippine military has called the threat of martial law “a serious threat to our national security and to the safety of the Filipino people.”
In a statement released Sunday, the Philippine military said it had no evidence of widespread looting and no evidence that anyone was killed during the coup.
It said the military has taken control of police stations and the national guard and is working to restore order.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippine Republic (AFP) has taken all necessary measures to restore security, order, and peace in the Philippine National Capital Region,” the statement said.
The coup is being organized by Duterte’s National Democratic Front of the Armed Forces (NDFFA), which has declared martial law in many parts of the country.
While there has been no public announcement of the coup, the NDFFA’s spokesman, Brigadier General Ramon Abayaga, on Sunday accused the United State of “hypocrisy” and “hypocriticism” for supporting Duterte’s coup attempt.
In a press conference with journalists Sunday, Abayagan said the United Kingdom had offered to send “peacekeeping forces” to help the government in the Philippines.
He said the US had offered similar assistance.
As the Philippines and the US continue to clash over the Philippines’ alleged involvement in the drug trade, the situation in the region is increasingly concerning.
The crisis in South Sudan has prompted the UN to send its peacekeeping mission to South Sudan to train the country’s government in counterinsurgency.
And the conflict in Ukraine has brought a number in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar into the conflict.