55m to pick new president in Philippines

May 9, 2016 7:12 AM

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MINDANAO - Close to 55 million voters have started casting their ballots in the Philippines' presidential election that could, for the first time, propel a politician from the southern island of Mindanao to power, the Al Jazeera television reported.

This could signal a turn away from the policies of President Benigno Aquino and the political centre in the capital Manila.Polls opened across the country at 6am local time on Monday (22:00 GMT Sunday) and the election pits frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte, an outspoken mayor from the city of Davao, agai...

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