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Why Filipino voters turn their lonely eyes to strongman leaders

Strong belief that only a populist can change the course of the country

| Philippines
The family of mother and son who were killed by an off-duty police officer mourn over their caskets in Paniqui on Dec. 27: what would have been those victims' fate, had they been more prosperous?   © Reuters

Criselda Yabes is a journalist based in the Philippines. She is author of "The Battle of Marawi," her tenth book, which was published in September.

News of killings gone wrong could not have come at a worse time for the Philippines in the days before Christmas.

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