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Marcos-Duterte Alliance Gets Tested After Big Election Win

  • Sara Duterte helped deliver critical southern vote for Marcos
  • Next vice president took in more votes than her running mate
Sara Duterte, left, with Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. during a rally in Caloocan, Metro Manila, in February.
Sara Duterte, left, with Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. during a rally in Caloocan, Metro Manila, in February.Photographer: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images 

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte joined forces to pull off the biggest Philippine election win in four decades. The question now is whether they can stay united over the next six years.

Election data shows that Marcos owes Sara Duterte and her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for the large margin of victory. Although Marcos beat runner-up Leni Robredo by almost 31 percentage points in the May 9 election, Sara Duterte won the race for vice president by an even bigger amount.