Duterte poised for landslide victory in Philippine elections

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Jesus saveControversial presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte took over a commanding lead after May 9 polls closed in the Philippines. At publishing time and about 40 per cent of precincts tallied, Duterte had secured more than seven million votes, or 39 per cent of the total.

His closest two rivals were locked together on about 22 per cent of the count each, some three million votes behind the front-runner. Their standings appeared to back up fears of Duterte’s critics that he would benefit from a split field after a three-month campaign.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, took a narrow lead in the contest for vice-president, a position that is elected separately from the top job. A victory would signal a remarkable comeback for the Marcos family 30 years after the “People Power” uprising ended their kleptocratic rule.

Duterte has met strong opposition from outgoing president Benigno Aquino’s fraction.

Aquino was apparently spurred by Duterte’s vow to disband the Senate, rewrite the Constitution and instill one-man rule if lawmakers obstruct his zero-tolerance policies to clean up the country. This has also prompted the Philippines army to threaten Duterte with a coup in case he changes the Constitution.

Duterte, mayor of Davao City, became known during his campaign for his speeches filed with vitriol.

“If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor,” Duterte told a crimson sea of 200,000 supporters in Manila’s Rizal Park on Saturday. “All of you who are into drugs, you sons of bitches, I will really kill you. I have no patience, I have no middle ground, either you kill me or I will kill you idiots.”

However, only time will tell his bombast promises will ever become true. Critics notes that he lacks a economical growth concept for the country and is deterring investors by rude remarks he has made towards heads of other states.

 

Update: As of 23:30 with 65% of the total vote in Rody Duterte has 36.2% of total vote (13,219,660 votes), Mar Roxas 22.67% (7,761,306 votes), Grace Poe 21.87% (7,485,077 votes). 

Bong Bong Marcos and Leni Robredo are almost neck and neck with Bong Bong having 35.72% of vote (11,863,352 votes) for Vice President and Leni Robredo 34.2% (11,431,278 votes)

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Controversial presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte took over a commanding lead after May 9 polls closed in the Philippines. At publishing time and about 40 per cent of precincts tallied, Duterte had secured more than seven million votes, or 39 per cent of the total.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Jesus saveControversial presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte took over a commanding lead after May 9 polls closed in the Philippines. At publishing time and about 40 per cent of precincts tallied, Duterte had secured more than seven million votes, or 39 per cent of the total.

His closest two rivals were locked together on about 22 per cent of the count each, some three million votes behind the front-runner. Their standings appeared to back up fears of Duterte’s critics that he would benefit from a split field after a three-month campaign.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, took a narrow lead in the contest for vice-president, a position that is elected separately from the top job. A victory would signal a remarkable comeback for the Marcos family 30 years after the “People Power” uprising ended their kleptocratic rule.

Duterte has met strong opposition from outgoing president Benigno Aquino’s fraction.

Aquino was apparently spurred by Duterte’s vow to disband the Senate, rewrite the Constitution and instill one-man rule if lawmakers obstruct his zero-tolerance policies to clean up the country. This has also prompted the Philippines army to threaten Duterte with a coup in case he changes the Constitution.

Duterte, mayor of Davao City, became known during his campaign for his speeches filed with vitriol.

“If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor,” Duterte told a crimson sea of 200,000 supporters in Manila’s Rizal Park on Saturday. “All of you who are into drugs, you sons of bitches, I will really kill you. I have no patience, I have no middle ground, either you kill me or I will kill you idiots.”

However, only time will tell his bombast promises will ever become true. Critics notes that he lacks a economical growth concept for the country and is deterring investors by rude remarks he has made towards heads of other states.

 

Update: As of 23:30 with 65% of the total vote in Rody Duterte has 36.2% of total vote (13,219,660 votes), Mar Roxas 22.67% (7,761,306 votes), Grace Poe 21.87% (7,485,077 votes). 

Bong Bong Marcos and Leni Robredo are almost neck and neck with Bong Bong having 35.72% of vote (11,863,352 votes) for Vice President and Leni Robredo 34.2% (11,431,278 votes)

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