Duterte set to strengthen rule as loyalists lead Philippine Senate vote
Early results suggested Duterte-backed candidates would take most of the 12 Senate seats available, with just one from the opposition slate on the fringes.
A Senate majority would lessen the chance of censure moves and lower house probes against Duterte’s government and make it easier to pass controversial legislation, such as restoring capital punishment and changing the constitution to introduce federalism, and possibly extend term limits. Read More @ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-election/duterte-set-to-strengthen-rule-as-loyalists-lead-philippine-senate-vote-idUSKCN1SJ09P
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Duterte allies winning big in Philippines polls, gain control of Senate
President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies appeared to have overwhelming leads in elections for the Philippine Senate, one of the opposition’s last bulwarks against a brash populist leader accused of massive human rights violations.
Preliminary results comprising 94% of returns from Monday’s midterm elections showed at least eight candidates endorsed by Duterte were leading in races for 12 seats in the 24-member Senate. Official Commission on Election results are expected to be declared in about a week.
Those leading include Duterte’s former national police chief, Ronald dela Rosa, who enforced the president’s crackdown on illegal drugs, a campaign that left thousands of suspects dead and drew international condemnation. Read More @ https://www.dailysabah.com/asia/2019/05/14/duterte-allies-winning-big-in-philippines-polls-gain-control-of-senate
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