Hardliner Rodrigo Duterte set for Philippines  presidency

Hardliner Rodrigo Duterte set for Philippines presidency

Hardliner Rodrigo Duterte set for Philippines presidency

Written by Staff Writer

10 May, 2016 | 8:59 am

Tough-talking political maverick Rodrigo Duterte declared victory Monday night in the Philippines’ presidential election, promising his people that he will “do my very best not just in my waking hours but even in my sleep.”

Duterte, who stirred controversy during campaigning with his incendiary comments, said he accepted the apparent mandate with “extreme humility”.

Early exit polls had shown Duterte, the mayor of Davao City, leading with 38.92% of the votes counted, compared with Poe’s 22.14%, according to the Commission on Elections.

The 71-year-old credited his success to his tough stance on law and order.

Election officials have said there was a record turnout at polling stations, with more than 81% of the 54 million registered voters casting a ballot.

Duterte’s political rise has come amid vows to be tough on crime and corruption.

As mayor of Davao on restive Mindanao Island, Duterte has won praise from supporters for cleaning up the city’s drug and crime problems, but he has advocated unusual and violent tactics including using death squads. According to Human Rights Watch, Duterte is responsible 1,000 extrajudicial killings.

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