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After drubbing at polls, Philippine opposition faces risk of obscurity

It must rebrand, shift focus to younger, compelling leaders: Analysts

The Philippines' midterm elections last week were a complete rout for the opposition. None of its candidates won a Senate seat, and it is down to barely over a dozen out of 297 seats in the House of Representatives.

"It was an absolute, complete and untrammelled evisceration of the opposition. The enervated liberal democrats and progressives were outgunned," said political analyst Richard Heydarian, who wrote the book The Rise Of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2019, with the headline 'After drubbing at polls, Philippine opposition faces risk of obscurity'. Print Edition | Subscribe