Posters of administration candidates in Davao City. Photo: Jeoffrey Maitem

Slow start to Philippine midterm elections as 61 million voters decide whether to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte’s hand

  • Duterte is not on the ballot. Nevertheless, the vote looms as a referendum on his programme three years after he was elected president
  • Winning a Senate majority would give Duterte legislative backing for his anti-crime proposals and his plan to rewrite the constitution
Topic |   Asia elections

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Posters of administration candidates in Davao City. Photo: Jeoffrey Maitem
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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.