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Duterte Allies Lead in Early Count in Philippines Midterm Vote

  • Philippine leader sees this election a referendum of his rule
  • Duterte set to gain allies, shut out critics after elections
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Duterte In Attack Mode
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Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte are leading in an early count of the Senate vote in what the Philippine leader sees as an affirmation of his three-year administration.

Nine of Duterte’s allies are among 12 leading senatorial candidates, based on latest poll body data with 0.4% of the votes counted. His favored candidate and former aide, Bong Go, is in third place. The lone opposition candidate within striking distance to land a seat is Senator Bam Aquino, who’s ranked 13th. While counting began when polling stations closed at 6 p.m. local time, those still in queues are still being allowed to exercise their vote.