Maverick anti-crime nominee Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte has won the Philippine presidential elections, following the withdrawal of his rivals.
Chief competitor Mar Roxas acknowledged defeat after surveys gave Mr Duterte an unassailable lead although the official result hasn’t been declared. The 71-year old stirred controversy during campaigning with his incendiary remarks. His success has been credited by him.
His record as the offense-beating mayor of the southern town of Davao infamous because of its lawlessness, resonated with voters and earned him the moniker The Punisher.