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    Philippine presidential candidate and Davao city mayor Rodrigo 'Digong' Duterte kisses the Philippine flag during a "Miting de Avance" (last political campaign rally) before the national elections at Rizal park in Manila in the Philippines May 7, 2016.

A controversial mayor is set to become the next president of the Phillipines. But who is Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte? And what is at stake for the nation of 103 million people? 

The Philippines will hold elections Monday to elect a new president in a crucial time for the southeast Asian archipelago. Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte is a favorite for victory in a vote that could cause shockwaves as far away as Washington.

Despite the country recording encouraging growth, at an average of 6 percent per year, under outgoing President Benigno Aquino the former Spanish colony still has crippling inequality and has yet to resolve a long running dispute with China over the sovereignty of islands in the South China Sea. While the Islamist terror faction, Abu Sayyaf who beheaded a Canadian citizen last week, continue to pose a threat to national security from its bases in the southern Jolo and Basilan islands.

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Of the four major presidential candidates in the elections to be held on May 9, former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte is now widely considered the front-runner and most likely winner because he has topped all the major polls in April, performed well in presidential debates, and has gathered the biggest and most enthusiastic public meetings in all the regions of the Philippines. READ MORE

Terror Threat

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Dozens of Philippine Soldiers Wounded in Clash with Militants

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South China Sea

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US, Philippines Begin War Games as Tension with China Continues

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