Security forces alerted ahead of tense Philippine polls
MANILA— Security forces fanned out across the Philippines Sunday on the eve of national polls, following a vicious and deadly election campaign dominated by presidential favourite Rodrigo Duterte’s threats to kill thousands of criminals. Surveys show Duterte, mayor of the southern city of Davao, has a clear lead in Monday’s presidential elections as millions of voters embrace his threats to unleash security forces in an unprecedented crime spree, and shut down Congress if lawmakers oppose him.
President Benigno Aquino, who is limited to a single sixyear term, has likened Duterte to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and warned of a looming dictatorship, with the presidential tensions fuelling an already volatile and violent political culture.
“Their rhetoric is quite vicious, their exchanges are quite vicious and this is a signal to a lot of supporters to up the ante and be more aggressive,” Eric Alvia, head of the watchdog group, National Citizens Movement for Free Elections, told AFP. “This campaign has been divisive and its polarising a lot of people. They ( feel they) can do whatever they want.”
Duterte has accused Aquino’s administration of planning “massive cheating” to ensure that his preferred— Agenies