Philippines voters back Duterte and his drug war as he closes in on midterms victory

Unofficial results show president’s allies have won nine key upper house seats, traditionally a bulwark against his controversial policies

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies were poised for victory in midterm polls, according to unofficial results on Tuesday, signalling firm approval of his policies and clearing a path for his most controversial plans.

Duterte’s deadly drug war has drawn international censure, but is central to the populist appeal that has buoyed his remarkable popularity among Filipinos since taking the presidency in 2016.

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