"Experts say anywhere between 40% and 80% of Philippine legislators are connected to political dynasties with vested interests. A handful of the families control almost all of the country's wealth. And perhaps the bleakest, starkest statistic of all: 25% of the population lives under the poverty line - a figure that hasn't changed much in two decades. So it shouldn't come as a surprise then that Filipinos have chosen Mr Duterte's crime-busting, tough-talking, action-oriented ways over the current administration's candidate Manuel Roxas. Some human rights activists have sounded a note of caution about Mr Duterte's controversial style - comparing him to the Philippine's previous authoritarian leader Ferdinand Marcos. But for many young Filipinos, Mr Duterte is appealing precisely because they don't remember what it was like to grow up during the authoritarian regime of Ferdinand Marcos," writes Karishma Vaswani for the BBC.
"Duterte, 71, has spent three decades in public services, first as a lawyer and prosecutor, and later as mayor and Congressman. His election to his nation’s highest office is based on his zero-tolerance approach fighting crime in Davao, where Amnesty International alleges 'death squads' under his control are responsible for 700 extrajudicial executions. (In response, Duterte put the figure at closer to 1,700.)," writes Charlie Campbell for Time.
"With few specific policies other than this readiness to hunt down and kill the bad guys, the impending arrival of this colourful strongman in Malacañang Palace should alarm international observers. But his message has resonated with the Filipino voters. Mr Duterte is clearly more extreme than other high-profile challengers to political establishment, such as Donald Trump and the many-hued political upstarts in Europe. But there are some echoes of his appeal elsewhere," writes Tony Tassell for the Financial Times.