A bruising crime-fighter, celebrity scion, vice president and an incumbent’s chosen successor are headed down the home stretch in a presidential poll too tight to call.
Rodrigo Duterte: He has been nicknamed “The Punisher” for his ruthless tactics fighting crime and is second in recent polls. The 71-year old has been accused of running vigilante death squads that target suspected wrongdoers in the southern city of Davao, where he has served as mayor for seven terms, totalling more than 22 years.
Grace Poe: The frontrunner in the polls. Poe as an infant was adopted by Fernando Poe Jr and Susan Roces, two of the country’s biggest film superstars. She has promised to fight for the poor.
Jejomar Binay: Currently the country’s vice-president, he has lots of support from poorer people. But he is also facing corruption allegations, which he denies. He is third in the polls.
Mar Roxas: He has been annointed successor by current president but has struggled to find his own footing and was perceived as being out of touch with the plight of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Roxas is running last in the polls.
Source: art & life