About 55 million registered voters cast their ballots on May 8 in the general and presidential election. Nearly 45,000 candidates ran for 18,000 national and local posts, including five for the precidency (Duterte, Poe, Roxas, Binay and Santiago) and six  for the position of vice president. Fifty aspirants ran for 12 of 24 Senate seats while more than 600 are hoping to get one of the 235 seats in the House of Representatives. Other, thousands, ran for sits ranging  from provincial governors to town councilors.

Rodrigo Duterte is now the next president of the Philippines. For many he is regarded as a threat to democracy, but the issues he has to face will be the same as before: how to combat corruption, poverty and armed rebellion. Duterte was born on March 28, 1945, in Maasin, Leyte.  A lawyer, in 1988 became mayor of Davao City serving until 1998 when he ran, and won,  as Congressman of the First District of Davao City. In 2001, he ran again for mayor in Davao and re-elected in 2004 and in 2007. In 2010, he was elected vice mayor, succeeding his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, who was, instead, elected as mayor.

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