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Duterte takes big lead in Philippine presidential vote count
Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte had a massive lead in the Philippine presidential election vote count on Monday, a poll monitor said, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced threats to kill criminals.
 
Firebrand Duterte favourite as Philippines holds presidential elections
MANILA - The Philippines on Monday launched elections to elect a new president with anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte the shock favourite after an incendiary campaign full of profanity-laced threats to kill criminals.
 
Security forces on alert ahead of tense Philippine elections
Tens of thousands of security forces fanned out across the Philippines Sunday on the eve of national polls, following a bitter and deadly election campaign plagued by rampant vote-buying and intimidation.
 
A bruising presidential campaign was drawing to a close in the Philippines on Saturday after the president made a failed last-minute attempt to unify candidates against a front-running mayor perceived as a threat to democracy.
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino warned Saturday the frontrunner in the race to replace him carried similar dangers to Hitler and would bring terror to the nation.
 
A candidate for mayor in the southern Philippines was shot dead on Saturday, police said, bringing the number of people killed in violence related to national elections to at least 15.
 
Muslim militants have threatened to kill three more hostages in their jungle base in the southern Philippines more than a week after beheading a Canadian man when their multimillion-U.S.-dollar ransom demands were not met.
 
Ten Indonesian sailors abducted by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants were freed in the southern Philippines on Sunday after five weeks in captivity, Philippine police said.
 
Philippine presidential favorite Rodrigo Duterte joked Wednesday about his penis and vowed to pardon himself for mass murder, as he took his profanity-laced campaign to the nation's business elite.
 
Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed Wednesday to launch a military assault aimed at "neutralizing" Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants who beheaded a Canadian hostage and are holding more than 20 other foreigners.
 
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