Philippines election: Duterte allies on course for Senate victories

Loyalists including police chief behind the drug war and Marcos’s daughter will hand populist more power

The architect of Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal campaign against illegal drugs in the Philippines has almost certainly won a Senate seat in the country’s midterm elections, prompting concerns among victims’ groups.

Former police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa is among Duterte’s allies who were on track to take nine of 12 open seats in the upper house, with 95% of ballots counted. The senate has previously been a bulwark against some of the president’s most controversial proposals.

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