even before they opened in the morning local time, gathered voters outside the capital of Manila polling stations, according to AFP's reporter.
In some quarters, it is reported on the violence. Nine people were injured in clashes with the military outside a polling station on the island of Jolo, which is located in the island republic south-western corner.
as well as in regional and local assemblies is at stake in an election that could give president Rodrigo Duterte a stronger mandate. The composition of members in the senate have so far constituted a brake for the more hard-line elements of the president's policies, but a omstuvning among the assembly members would change the conditions – something that Duterte hope to be able to take advantage of.
With renewed and strengthened support, he hopes, among other things, reinstate the death penalty for drug-related offences. If so, it gives the judiciary additional muscles in the Dutertes war against drugs, which may have killed as many as 15,000 people since 2016.
, something that the Dutertes critics interpret as an attempt to extend his time in power. A philippine president may at present only be left in a term, which means that Duterte formally can not set up in the next election in three years.
Then he was elected president three years ago has Rodrigo Duterte made himself known as a mouthy politicians with hard hands. His hard criminal policy program, with a declared war on drugs, was a major reason valvinsten. Despite the fact that the UN and several countries have condemned the violence that followed in its footsteps seems the support for the clamp-down be intact.
think indeed that the bloodshed should end, but is also positive to antidrogkampanjen – a nuanced stance that is described as representative of the electorate at large.
the How than the results of the election fall-out seems to re-growth of the politician in the family Duterte, at least, be secured. In the city of Davao, on the southern island of Minadanao, hope the president's daughter Sara, be re-elected as mayor. Youngest brother Sebastian is expected to become deputy mayor in the same city and the first-born Paolo, a candidate for a post in the house of commons.