The Philippine population went to the polling booths on Monday to choose the head of their state with an expected win from long-time Mayor Rodrigo Duterte over the position.
The Associated Press has counted the votes unofficially, but the results look like it’s ensuring the mayor’s chances to win the Philippines presidential election 2016 and replace outgoing President Benigno Aquino III. His journey to the presidency is controversial, and Duterte’s expected win comes as a surprise for many. However, the main reason behind his predicted triumph is his successful election campaign and his consistency in the issues he dealt with. He never shifted his focus from the removal of crime, corruption and drugs as he knew that’s the problem the people of the Philippines have been facing for so long.
The involvement of the youth in drug addiction and related crimes were a major concern for the masses and Duterte made these matters his main focus during his campaigns. The mayor’s strategies to deal with crime by directly punishing and killing criminals affected the national population who want the issues to be eradicated for good. Duterte’s approach helped him reach out to the public, thereby taking his pro-rape comment, death threats and other obscene comments to the backseat and propel his win for the Philippine elections 2016.
“I’m voting for Duterte because I worry about drugs,” Phoebe Ang, 54, said at a polling station in downtown Davao City as quoted by Time. “I’m not sure if he could do exactly the same job across the whole country but he would certainly make it better.”
In his last campaign speech for the Philippine elections 2016 on Saturday, The Guardian quoted him as saying that he would not allow criminals to stimulate the rate of crime in the country anymore. “Forget the laws on human rights,” he said. “If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because … I’d kill you.”
According to The Guardian, the unofficial tallies show that Duterte had won 38 percent of support, which has boosted him ahead of his closest rivals by almost 15 percent.