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- Duterte is next president
With nearly 90% of precincts already accounted for, Rodrigo Duterte, mayor of Davao City, is the presumptive winner of the 2016 presidential elections in the Philippines. According to the unofficial and partial results from the Commission on Elections’ transparency server, Duterte has 14,680,126 million votes or 36.6% of transmitted votes as of 3:08 am on Tuesday, May 10. As results point to his victory, Duterte went to the graves of his parents at around 3 am, Tuesday where he broke into tears while asking his parents to help him rally the country.
- Robredo on top in tight VP race
From trailing by a million votes behind closest rival Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo edged past Marcos in the vice presidential race, after several hours of slowly closing the gap between them, Tuesday morning, May 10. Hours after voting ended on Monday, May 9, Marcos quickly dominated the vice presidential race. But as the hours went by, Robredo slowly caught up with the senator, eventually posting a lead of 19,262 votes as of 4:28 am on Tuesday, May 10, with 88.08% of precincts reporting. As his lead continues to slip away, the camp of Marcos suggested that this could be due to cheating in the elections.
- Poe, two VP bets concede
Senator Grace Poe on Monday evening, May 9, conceded the presidential race to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. After trailing front runner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Détente throughout the day, Poe said in a press conference just before midnight: “I am Grace Poe, and I am giving way to Rodrigo Duterte, whom majority of our countrymen have chosen.” She also said she fully supports the process of healing and unity after the elections. Her vice presidential bet Senator Francis Escudero also conceded. He was consistently in fourth place behind Camarines Sur Rep Leni Robredo, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. Cayetano, Duterte’s running partner also conceded Tuesday morning.
- Re-electionist senators may lose seats
Three of 5 re-electionist senators are in danger of losing their seats, the unofficial tally of votes as of 8 am Tuesday morning, May 10, show. Senator Ralph Recto has so far received about 13.2 million votes, ranking 11th in a race for 12 seats. Senators Sergio Osmeña III and Teofisto Guingona III are outside the Magic 12. They ranked 14th and 17th, respectively, with 11.6 million and 9.4 million votes. About 5 million votes that have yet to be transmitted are enough to shuffle the rankings, based on Rappler estimates.
- Violence mars election day
At least 10 people died across the Philippines in election day violence on Monday, May 9, as gunmen attacked polling stations, ambushed vehicles and stole vote-counting machines, police said. However authorities described the violence as isolated incidents and that the overall conduct of the elections – which saw tens of millions of people cast their votes for president and 18,000 other positions – was peaceful. Other violence and irregularities included killings in Cavite, while in Samar, around 300 votes go to ash after the VCM machine of Brgy Nagpapacao, Matuginao was allegedly burned by unidentified armed men on election day.
- Panama Papers released to public
Irene Marcos Araneta, her husband Gregorio, and 3 members of Aurora’s powerful Angara clan are among the prominent Filipinos in the “Panama Papers,” the leaked cache of documents from a Panama law firm that has revealed the inner workings of offshore finance. This is the first time the public gained its first access to the Panama Papers records of over 200,000 secret offshore companies. The database, built on just a portion of the 11.5 million documents leaked from the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, reveals 311 officer, 78 intermediaries, 40 entities, and 583 addresses connected to the Philippines.
- Comelec breaks records
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday evening, May 9, announced that at least 81% of Filipino voters trooped to polling precincts in one of the most contentious elections in Philippine history. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said this is a record-breaking figure at least in the context of automated elections. Bautista also said the transmission of votes this year is the fastest since the Philippines began to automate its elections.
- Transgender politician makes history
Geraldine Roman won the first legislative district of Bataan on Monday, May 9, to become the first transgender to ever be elected in the House of Representatives. Partial and unofficial results as of 3:28 AM on May 10 show Roman of the Liberal Party (LP) triumphant with 104,287 votes (62%) compared to Danilo Malana of the Aksyon Demokratiko Party, who received 63,881 votes (38%). Roman previously said “The goal of all LGBTs is someday, hindi pag-uusapan yung genders, but yung (we don’t talk about gender but) qualifications because we can contribute to the growth of our country.”
- N. Korea to expand nuclear arms
North Korea on Monday, May 9, wrapped up its first ruling party congress for 36 years – an event seen as a formal coronation for leader Kim Jong-Un, who was appointed to the post of party chairman. Thousands of delegates to what is technically North Korea’s top decision-making body, also dopted a decision to simultaneously push forward economic construction and “boost self-defensive nuclear force both in quality and quantity.” It also enshrined a policy of not using nuclear weapons unless its sovereignty is threatened by another nuclear power, and of working towards the eventual reunification of the divided Korean peninsula.
- Curry set to be NBA MVP again
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is set to be named the National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player for the second straight season, multiple outlets are reporting. Curry, 28, averaged a league-best 30.1 points per game in the 2015-16 regular season, a significant improvement from his 23.8 PPG average the previous season, to go along with 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds. He led the league in 3-pointers made and attempted for the fourth straight season, connecting on a record-breaking 402 to shatter his previous record of 286, which was set in 2014-15.