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Hopefuls spar over poverty in presidential debate

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Clockwise from upper left, presidential candidates Jejomar Binay, Grace Poe, Rodrigo Duterte and Manuel "Mar" Roxas.   © Reuters

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines -- Presidential candidates hoping to succeed incumbent Benigno Aquino traded barbs Sunday over helping millions of poor Filipinos in the nation's first presidential debate in nearly two and a half decades.

     The elections commission last organized a debate in 1992, the first national poll since the "people power" uprising that toppled a 20-year dictatorship and restored democracy.

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