MANILA — Populist leader Rodrigo Duterte is headed for a resounding victory in the Philippines’ presidential election, according to poll monitor data.
Mr Duterte, the long-lasting mayor of the southern city of Davao, spellbound millions with his pledges of fierce yet speedy solutions to the nation’s twin plagues of crime and poverty, which many believed had worsened despite strong economic growth in recent years.
With almost 90 percent of the vote counted early on Tuesday morning, Mr Duterte had an insurmountable lead of 5.92 million votes over his nearest rival, administration candidate Mar Roxas.
Mr Duterte had 38.65 percent of the vote, with Mr Roxas on 23.16 percent and Senator Grace Poe in third with 21.71 percent, according to PPCRV,a Catholic Church-run monitor accredited by the government.
In the Philippines, a winner is decided simply by whoever gets the most votes.
Duterte, a pugnacious 71-year-old, surged from outsider to the top of surveys with cuss-filled vows to kill tens of thousands of criminals, threats to establish one-man rule if lawmakers disobeyed him and promises to embrace communist rebels.
He also boasted repeatedly about his Viagra-fuelled affairs, while promising voters his mistresses would not cost a lot because he kept them in cheap boarding houses and took them to short-stay hotels for sex.
4 held with illegal pharmaceutical drugs
SUNSARI — Police have arrested four people in possession of illegal pharmaceutical drugs at Dharan on Sunday.
Albert Gurung and Anish Tamang of Munal Chowk in Dharan-10, Nawaraj Gurung of Dharan-15 and Arun Chaudhary of Khanar in Itahari-11 were arrested on charge of smuggling and selling the illegal pharmaceutical drugs, according to the police.
The police arrested the accused during a routine check at Dharan-based Tinkune checkpost. The police have also recovered 630 ampules of nitrazepam, 140 ampules of nitrasone and seven bottles of dilex from the detainees.
The arrestees have been kept under the police custody for further investigation.Follow @gorkhapost