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2022 look ahead: Democracy at stake in Philippines election circus

Outgoing Rodrigo Duterte will leave a carnival of confusion and trickery in his wake

| Philippines
Vice President Leni Robredo, pictured in Quezon city, Metro Manila, on Oct. 7: the only hope for a return to the glory days of the fight for freedom.   © AP

Criselda Yabes is a journalist based in the Philippines. She is author of "The Battle of Marawi," her 10th book, which was published last year.

The political telenovela unfolding in the run-up to the 2022 Philippine presidential elections has shown so much of what has gone so wrong with the country that its best chance of emerging unscathed is to find a reboot. The gamble with autocratic populism has not paid off.

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