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Philippines holds midterm election as Duterte consolidates power

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 13, 2019 19:15

Philippines holds midterm election as Duterte consolidates power

The Philippines began its midterm elections that is expected to consolidate President Rodrigo Duterte’s power in Congress. Millions of eligible voters flocked to public schools-turned-polling centres to cast their votes on 12 available slots in the 24-seat Senate, vital to passing laws that would make or break Duterte’s six-year presidency. Latest surveys from Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia show that candidates endorsed by Duterte are expected to win big with little room for the opposition led by the Liberal Party. The Commission on Elections estimates there are 61 million eligible voters who are also expected to vote for 18,000 other positions in local government and the House of Representatives.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 13, 2019 19:15

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