Huang Rulun, a Chinese real estate developer who has played a visible role in the Duterte administration’s pivot to China, has been caught in a corruption probe by Chinese authorities.

The Financial Times highlighted the event this week, noting that Mr Huang’s depleted political capital in Beijing “casts a cloud over a renewed Sino-Philippine relationship.” But the degree to which this will have any impact on the burgeoning relationship is not clear.

A Philippine newspaper columnist said that “the honeymoon is still strong, one year on.” Explaining regarding connections to Mr Huang that “Mr Duterte still can do nothing to embarrass himself.”