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Philippine presidential campaign packs plenty of drama

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LEFT: Jejomar Binay RIGHT: Manuel Roxas CENTER: Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe, Manny Pacquiao   © Reuters

MANILA   The Philippines' next presidential election is still five months away, but the campaign has already taken some stunning turns. Odds are, more twists are in store.

     President Benigno Aquino has been widely lauded for tackling corruption, rebuilding state finances and overseeing the fastest economic growth in Southeast Asia. Under the constitution, however, the president cannot seek a second six-year term. The vote for Aquino's successor on May 9 could have far-reaching implications, not only for the domestic economy but also regional security.

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