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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.