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Good morning,

Welcome back to Strait Up, our weekly newsletter that makes sense of what’s going on in Southeast Asia.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr was sworn in as the new president of the Philippines just this week. And already, there’s a new takedown threat for Rappler.com, an independent news site run by Nobel-Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa.

We also take a look at the mixed signals being sent by Indonesian unicorns on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), and the revival of Mapan—a small, but interesting startup that was acquired by Gojek in 2017.

Let’s get to it!

Lead image credit: Michal Mation

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