Philippines Begin National Elections

Filipinos began voting today in national elections seen as a referendum on Fidel Ramos’ presidency. At least four people were killed and six people injured in scattered violence before polls opened.

Candidates for various posts included the widow and son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos as well as numerous figures involved in coup attempts against his successor, Corazon Aquino.

Up to 36 million registered voters were to choose half the country’s 24 senators, all 200 members of the House of Representatives, provincial governors, mayors and other local officials.

Complete results could take weeks due to poor communications and a laborious counting system.

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