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Philippine elections

Philippine opposition icon Leni Robredo to run for president

Vice president and Duterte critic launches 'very, very challenging' bid

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo has slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war and pro-China policies.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Vice President Leni Robredo, the Philippines' most powerful opposition figure, said Thursday she would run for president in next year's election.

Robredo, who has slammed President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war and pro-China policies, is so far the only major runner to identify as an opposition candidate.

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