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Philippine elections

Trailing Marcos, Philippine presidential hopefuls court anti-Duterte vote

Robredo and Pacquiao seek to tap frustration over war on drugs, corruption

Vice President Leni Robredo trailed Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the presidential race 60% to 16%, according to a January opinion poll.   © Reuters

MANILA -- As Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late Philippine dictator, takes a wide lead in the race for president, rival candidates are tapping into public frustration with outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, hoping to win over voters fed up with his strong-arm governing style.

Vice President Leni Robredo, a human rights lawyer who trailed Marcos by over 40 percentage points in a January poll, slammed the "old and rotten" politics as soon as the race got underway on Feb. 8.

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