torsdag 10. februar 2022

Philippines election: When is it and who is running for president?

The Philippines is holding presidential elections on 9 May and they are set to be highly controversial. Among the main candidates are the daughter of the country's notorious outgoing president, the son of a former dictator and a world-famous boxer. The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country made up of more than 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean. It has a population of 110 million.

It was colonised first by Spain in 1521, then by America in 1898 and by Japan in 1942. It gained full independence in 1946. The Philippines is a developing country with a stark rich-poor divide. The average income is $3,300 (£2,445) a year, and 26 million Filipinos live in poverty, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. There are parts of the densely populated capital city, Metro Manila, where some people have to scavenge to survive. Elsewhere, the rich live in luxurious, gated communities.