The exit polls revealed on Monday that Rodrigo Duterte is the first choice of voters in the Philippines, the candidate who grabbed controversy for his anti-Aussie comments.

After the exit polls in the Philippines, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte seems to be the next elected president of the nation. The overseas Filipino voting preferences have shown the public that supporters are keeping Duterte ahead of his close rivals, Grace Poe and Manuel “Mar” Roxas. On the other hand, son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos is likely to hold the position of the vice-present in the nation according to the results of these overseas polls.

Duterte’s promise to kill criminals in the southeast Asian nation is the driving force behind his success. The mayor has managed to grab around 52 to 85 percent of the votes across 15 countries where the exit polling has been conducted.

The mayor is considered “anti-Australia” after his pro-rape comment on being the first person to rape the Aussie missionary. The woman was serving in a prison in Davao in the south of Philippines and it was also where she was captured. She was raped and killed in the riot initiated by inmates in 1989.

“They raped all of the women … There was this Australian lay minister … when they took them out … I saw her face and I thought, ‘Son of a bitch. What a pity … they raped her, they all lined up. I was made she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought the mayor should have been first,’” the Davao mayor had said.

According to the Irish Times, outgoing president Benigno Aquino has asked both Roxas and Poe to unite and fight the battle against “the Punisher,” what Duterte called himself for his promise of killing criminals across the nations.

Duterte, in his final rally for Philippine elections 2016, told his supporters to await a comfortable life under him. “Because there will not be too much crime. And the drugs – I will suppress it to the barest minimum,” the ABC quoted the mayor saying. He added that he would make sure of the corruption-free nation. “Just give me time — I do not want to blurt out things I cannot do, but just watch me,” he added.