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Duterte's Senate hopefuls get the movie star treatment

President's allies gain an edge with flattering movie portrayals as critics cry foul

MANILA -- Two prominent associates of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte running for Senate seats in the May midterm elections are getting the Hollywood treatment, sparking complaints from critics that they are violating election rules.

Former national police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa, implementer of Duterte's drug war, had his life made into a movie in January. This weekend, Duterte's personal assistant of 20 years, Bong Go, will feature in a popular TV drama.

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