It’s carnival time again

Voters warned of empty poll promises

MANILA, Philippines—Candidates waved from motorcades, pressed hands with housewives and teenagers, and pleaded at Masses for God’s blessings as the most extravagant political carnival in Philippine history rolled off Tuesday.

The country’s richest politician and the son of its democracy icon are locked in a tight battle to win the hearts of some 50 million voters, who will go to the polls on May 10 in the Philippines’ first automated national elections.

At stake in the elections are the posts of president, vice president, 12 Senate seats, more than 200 seats in the House of Representatives and over 17,600 local government positions.

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