The Philippines’ mid-term elections will tighten the president’s grip

13-May-2019 Intellasia | The Economist | 6:00 AM Print This Post

They may even pave the way for Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter to succeed him

serves up President Rodrigo Duterte’s favourite dish in a small eatery in the southern city of Davao. Tapacrunchy, floss-like beefarrives alongside tangy stew and fluffy rice. The place is a shrine to her favourite customer and his family. An early political poster showing the now-grizzled strongman with a fresh face adorns one wall, a picture of his daughter and successor as Davao’s mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio, another. Photographs of the city’s toughest police units making Duterte’s power-fist gesture appear too. Waitresses wear T-shirts supporting Bong Go, a longtime aide of Duterte’s, who is running for a spot in the national Senate in mid-term elections on May 13th. “We are proud of our president,” explains Ms Valles. “He disciplined all the people here.”

Duterte served as Davao’s mayor from 1988 until he rose to the presidency in 2016, with only brief interludes as its representative in Congress and its deputy mayor (to get around term limits). It is where Duterte tested the idea of a vigilante campaign against drug-dealers and -users. (Since he took the policy national, more than 20,000 people have died in extra-judicial killings, according to opposition politicians.) Davao’s streets are clean and its people largely enamoured with the first family. Ms Duterte-Carpio will cruise to re-election this week; her two siblings are also fighting for local posts. More broadly the mid-terms will reveal the potential of the family brand to endure beyond the presidency of the patriarch.

 (The Economist)

(The Economist)



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