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From Aparri in the north to Zamboanga in the south, Filipinos went to the polls last week. The election was, in some cases, quite literally a matter of life or death. Before the polls even opened, 96 people, some of them candidates, had been killed; more than 100 were kidnaped. On election day itself, 21 were murdered, one of them an election worker right in Manila's City Hall. There had never been so many casualties in a Filipino election. Nevertheless, just about everyone agreed that it had been a grand success....

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