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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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP

How a strong showing for Rodrigo Duterte in Philippine midterms could clear path for death penalty to return

  • The death penalty has a complicated past in the Philippines, having been outlawed in 1987, reinstated six years later and then abolished again in 2006
  • An expert on Philippine elections said it’s “likely that some of the president’s ideas will get through”.
Topic |   The Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP
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