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Aquino closer to Filipino presidential victory

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Aquino closer to Filipino presidential victory


The favourite in the Filipino presidential election Benigno Aquino has moved closer to victory after one of his main rivals conceded defeat.

Partial results give Aquino, the son of the former President Cory, just over 40 percent of the vote, with well over half the ballots counted.

Seen voting on Sunday, Aquino has campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket, using his family name to the full.

For the moment nearest rival, Joseph Estrada, remains in the race, despite the former president lagging way behind in second place with around 25 percent of the vote.

But, Manuel Villar will no longer take any part in the election. He has congratulated Aquino for his victory.

During the election there had been fears of widespread chaos as automated voting machines were being employed for the first time. Despite some delays, things went smoother than expected.

But, the ballot has been marred by deadly violence in the south of the country, the scene of last November’s massacre where almost 60 people were murdered. In the latest unrest, authorities say communist rebels ambushed an election convoy killing 6 people and wounding a dozen others.

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