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Exit polls suggest the hardline, anti-crime candidate Rodrigo Duterte will become the next president of the Philippines.
Most votes have been counted.
An offical poll monitor has given the outspoken 71-year-old an unassailable lead.
The winner is decided on a simple majority. With 90% of votes counted:
- Duterte 14.8m (39%)
- Roxas 9m (23%)
- Senator Grace Poe in third place has withdrawn
(Get the latest accredited results here)
The official result has yet to be declared.
Who is Rodrigo Duterte?
- Mayor of the southern town of Davao
- Known as “The Punisher”
- Born 1945
- Trained as a lawyer
It is a big step from Mayor to president, but Duterte has shown he is ready.
His first call was for multilateral talks over the South China Sea.
“I will say to China: do not claim anything there. And I will not insist that it is ours. But then I will just keep a blind eye and if you want a joint venture to get the gas and oil, then fine.”
What was the turnout like?
Record, according to officials.
More than 81% of the 54 million people registered to vote turned out to do so.
The elections were for the president, vice-president, senators and around 18,000 local mayors.
Why is Duterte so controversial?
A hero to many, Mr Duterte is a loose cannon to some.
He has made many controversial statements during his campaign, including joking about the rape of a missionary worker from Australia.
He also said he would massacre criminals and drug users.
Duterte also warned he would dissolve Congress if it did not agree with him.