MANILA, Philippines–More than 11 hours after the precincts closed on Monday afternoon Manila time for the Philippine Presidential elections, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has widened his lead
against other presidential aspirants, Philippine-based news wire INQUIRER.net reports.
Meantime, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo has caught up with Senator Bongbong Marcos in the race for Vice-President. Bongbong is the son of Ferdinand Marcos who was ousted as Philippine President during the 1986 People Power Revolution and died in exile in Honolulu.
Duterte maintained his lead with an estimated 38 percent of the share of votes based on the unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Transparency Server.
The report cites that the Comelec mirror server, housed at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila, has so far counted the votes of 72.55 percent of 55,735,757 registered voters.
On the eve of the Philippine elections, one of this news wire’s columnists, Emil Guillermo likened front-runner Duterte to the other “D” candidate, this time leading the GOP primary race in the United States, calling them “political doppelgangers.”
Guillermo writes, “In the final hours before the vote, the D word has been mentioned again and again. Only this time it was targeted at the front-runner Duterte. Which makes him double-D dangerous. He’ll say anything, and play to the crowd. Sound like someone you know? Maybe another D guy, Donald Trump. Or make that Donald Drumpf, the original name before the Donald’s grandparents anglicized it.”
Guillermo asserts that Duterte is “a popular tough guy who doesn’t mind a salty joke. Duterte told a rape joke and his numbers went higher. Drumpf wants to wall off the country and protect it from immigrants. Duterte just wants to go after the bad guys, but for real. People don’t seem to care much about Duterte’s connection to so called “death squads.”It’s similar to the way a certain part of America doesn’t bristle when Trump says harsh things about undocumented Mexicans and others, including Muslims.”