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Imagine, Trump-on-Steroids, and you can see the Philippines' firebrand candidate now turned virtual President-Elect Duterte, blasting his detractors and critics with no holds barred. And yes, he is winning in the plurality system that allows the candidate with the most votes to win, even if he did not receive the majority of the votes. Admittedly, his lead of 38% as against that of his closest rival of 23% is so overwhelming that in a runoff election, he is likely to win anyway.|
But look at Marcos, Jr's, opposite fate, leading his closest rival by some 11% points 3 weeks ago, reduced to a 1% lead just before the election, making him sound an alarm that the election is likely to be rigged to put in place a vice-president who will replace Duterte in due time.
Well, he might just as well throw in the towel. The vote-counting machines never lie. And if they did, you would not be able to prove it anyway. Retirement is the wisest course for those who see the handwriting on the wall. The impeachment of one of the Philippines' most popular elected President promises to bring economic, political and social chaos in its wake.
This "showcase of democracy" seems to be showing the wrong lesson to the world.
If it can be rigged, it is most likely to be attempted.