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Duterte wins Philippines presidential election

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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.

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Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring

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KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.

Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.

A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.

Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.

The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.

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