An unofficial count on Monday showed the senatorial front runners are all candidates backed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: EPA-EFE

Philippine midterm elections: Duterte-backed senatorial candidates leading in race, according to unofficial count

  • With 94 per cent of ballots counted early on Tuesday, Duterte allies were on track to take nine of 12 open seats in the upper house
  • Duterte indicates he will use a Senate majority to legally grab power – either through forcing a constitutional change or revolutionary government
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An unofficial count on Monday showed the senatorial front runners are all candidates backed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: EPA-EFE
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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”.
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP
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