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Philippine opposition must unite to prevent the return of the Marcoses

May 9 vote the most consequential election in modern Philippine history

| Philippines
Leni Robredo speaks during a rally in San Fernando City on April 9: Robredo's campaign is benefiting from an 11th-hour surge in volunteer support and house-to-house campaigning.   © Reuters

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic and columnist. He is author of "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

Philippine voters will elect a new president on May 9, with populist incumbent Rodrigo Duterte set to leave office after his constitutionally-mandated single term in office expires, despite his unabashed flirtation with dictatorship.

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