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Philippine elections

Who will succeed Duterte? Five presidential contenders to know

Ex-cop, dictator's son, mayor, boxer and VP in running for top job in Philippines

Five of the runners for the Philippine presidency, from left to right: Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, and Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo. (Source photos by AP, Reuters and EPA/Jiji) 

MANILA -- The Philippines kicked off its election season last week with the registration of candidates for next May's polls. Over 18,000 positions are to be contested, but all eyes are on the presidential race.

Some 97 people have registered their candidacies for the top role, but the election commission still has to screen hopefuls and release an official list.

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