Rodrigo Duterte looks set to be Philippines next President


Davao City Mayor and the man who has been described as the Donald Trump of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, looks set to have won the presidential election which took place as part of a broader general election yesterday.

Unofficial results for the presidential race published by the Commission on Elections gives the following results as of early this morning:

• Rodrigo Duterte: 15,342,569

• Manuel Roxas: 9,249,813

• Grace Poe: 8,589,807

• Jejomar Binay: 5,089,515

• Miriam Defensor-Santiago: 1,370,179

Duterte is a colourful and controversial figure. Standing on a single issue campaign of solving crime he has been accused of but not charged for using extrajudicial killings to curb crime in his successful campaign to solve the crime problem in Davao City. He is renowned for what he describes as “gutter language” and has an extremely poor taste in jokes.

Rodrigo Duterte stood as the candidate for the left-wing Philippine Democratic Party-People’s Power (PDP–Laban). His slogan during the campaign was “Courage and Compassion.” You can find out more about Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate for Vice-President Alan Peter Cayetano on their website here.

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