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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, sixth from left, during the announcement of the senatorial slate for the 2016 elections, Quezon city, Philippines Oct. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Aaron Favila).

Will the Philippines’ Next President Maintain Aquino’s Reform Momentum?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Philippines’ upcoming presidential election in May comes at a critical time for Southeast Asia’s second-most-populous country and fifth-largest economy. After decades of anemic growth rates, the Philippines seems to have begun to turn a corner over the past six years under reform-minded President Benigno Aquino III. Yet as Filipinos prepare to go to the polls, it is unclear if the next government will be able to both sustain the progress made thus far as well as confront challenges old and new in the political, economic and security realms.

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