Duterte 'controls the situation' with pro-admin Senate slate poised to win: analyst


Posted at May 06 2019 10:53 AM

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MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte "controls the situation" with the pro-administration senatorial ticket poised to sweep the midterm elections, an analyst said Monday.

The President is "looking at relatively calm political waters" ahead, said Bob Herrea-Lim, managing director at political risk consultancy firm Teneo.

The opposition ticket, Otso Diretso, which can win 1 to 2 of the 12 Senate seats up for grabs, has failed to rile the public against the President by raising his dealings with China, Herrera-Lim said.

"It's a good outlook for him," Herrera-Lim said.

Investors will watch closely how Duterte will use his new political capital after Monday's elections, he said.