Hardliner Duterte keeps leading Philippine elections polls

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Rodrigo DutertePresidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, 70, mayor of Davao City, in a new survey was the top-rated contender in the 2016 elections for 38 per cent of respondents.

In the survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), Duterte gained the lead from 1,200 respondents from all over the country, with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe tied at 21 per cent. Poe had 26 per cent support in September and Binay had 24 per cent.

Incumbent president Benigno Aquino’s chosen successor, former interior minister Manuel “Mar” Roxas, was fourth in the poll, falling from 20 per cent support in September to 15 per cent.

Hardliner Duterte, who has built a reputation for fighting crime in the insurgency-plagued southern Philippines, just recently joined the presidential race.

Poe, in turn, last week was barred from running because she apparently fails to meet the ten-year residency requirement but she is hopeful that decision will be reversed on appeal.

The elections will be closely watched by investors, who fear the political succession in one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies could derail gains made during Aquino’s rule. Under him, the Philippines has seen annual economic growth of more than six per cent on average, its best five-year record in four decades. He has also battled to rein in corruption.

About 54 million Filipinos are eligible to vote to choose a president, vice president and more than 18,000 local government executives and lawmakers in the general elections, which happen every six years.

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Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, 70, mayor of Davao City, in a new survey was the top-rated contender in the 2016 elections for 38 per cent of respondents.

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Rodrigo DutertePresidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, 70, mayor of Davao City, in a new survey was the top-rated contender in the 2016 elections for 38 per cent of respondents.

In the survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), Duterte gained the lead from 1,200 respondents from all over the country, with Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe tied at 21 per cent. Poe had 26 per cent support in September and Binay had 24 per cent.

Incumbent president Benigno Aquino’s chosen successor, former interior minister Manuel “Mar” Roxas, was fourth in the poll, falling from 20 per cent support in September to 15 per cent.

Hardliner Duterte, who has built a reputation for fighting crime in the insurgency-plagued southern Philippines, just recently joined the presidential race.

Poe, in turn, last week was barred from running because she apparently fails to meet the ten-year residency requirement but she is hopeful that decision will be reversed on appeal.

The elections will be closely watched by investors, who fear the political succession in one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies could derail gains made during Aquino’s rule. Under him, the Philippines has seen annual economic growth of more than six per cent on average, its best five-year record in four decades. He has also battled to rein in corruption.

About 54 million Filipinos are eligible to vote to choose a president, vice president and more than 18,000 local government executives and lawmakers in the general elections, which happen every six years.

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