AFP, MANILAAllies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte stormed to a landslide victory in midterm elections, final results showed yesterday, dissolving a last check on his controversial rule. With nine Duterte backers and three nominally unaligned politicians taking the 12 seats at stake in the 24-member Philippine Senate, only four oppositions members would remain, results from the elections authority showed. Senate seats went to Christopher “Bong” Go, Duterte’s long-time adviser, and Imee Marcos, the daughter of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted in a 1986 popular uprising. Opponents fear the majority would allow Duterte to push forward his legislative agenda, which includes rewriting the constitution. “Voters were unable to relate to the issues highlighted by the opposition in the election, which was all about defeating Duterte,” Casiple said.
Source: Taipei Times May 22, 2019 15:56 UTC