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Philippines heads to the polls

Monday, May 09, 2016 - 01:07

Voting is underway in the Philippines after presidential election campaigning that's revealed popular disgust with the ruling elite. Paul Chapman reports.

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Outgoing Philippines president Benigno Aquino casts his vote in an election that's revealed a few unpleasant home truths. Campaigning has been acrimonious to say the least and has revealed popular disgust with the nation's ruling elite. That sentiment's come about because of a failure to tackle poverty and inequality despite years of healthy economic growth. The front-runner widely tipped to succeed Aquino is Rodrigo Duterte whose brash challenge to the political establishment's earned him comparisons with Donald Trump in the U.S. Duterte's campaigned on the law and order issue, tapping into voters' anxieties about corruption, crime and drug abuse. For many his incendiary rhetoric and talk of extra-judicial killings smack alarmingly of the nation's authoritarian past. One respected commentator says Duterte's slogan, change is coming, is exactly the right message from completely the wrong messenger. Other contenders for the top job include the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

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Philippines heads to the polls

Monday, May 09, 2016 - 01:07