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Wednesday , August 21 2019

Duterte allies dominate race

Left-wing group leaders raise their clenched fists during proclamation ceremonies for new representatives in metropolitan Manila, Philippines Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The Philippine president’s allies won a majority of the 12 Senate seats at stake in the May 13 midterm elections while the opposition’s shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader accused of massive human rights violations. 61 party-list representatives from at least 51 groups will join the 18th Congress in July. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Philippine president’s allies won a majority of the 12 Senate seats at stake in midterm elections, official results showed Wednesday, while the opposition’s shutout heralds a stronger grip on power by a leader accused of massive human rights violations. Election officials proclaimed the winners after finishing the official count of the May 13 elections overnight. The tally had been delayed by glitches in automated counting machines. (AP)

Protesters shout slogans during a rally outside the venue of the official canvassing of votes by the Commission on Elections, accusing President Rodrigo Duterte and the poll body of rigging the automated May 13 midterm elections Friday, May 17, 2019 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Unofficial results Friday show most of the senatorial candidates who were endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte are leading the polls. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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