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Philippine elections

Power behind the throne: Sara Duterte to hold sway as Marcos' VP

President's daughter backs dictator's son to effectively seal election

Sara Duterte, daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaks during a rally in Davao on May 6. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi) 

MANILA -- The Philippine presidential race was turned on its head last November, when Sara Duterte, daughter of the incumbent leader, decided not to run for the country's top job despite being the favorite in opinion polls.

Her move to run for vice president and ally with the ultimate presidential election winner, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., effectively sealed the fate of Monday's election.

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