Philippine presidential front-runner candidate Rodrigo Duterte (R) states his political platforms during a campaign in Manila on April 23, 2016. AFP / NOEL CELIS
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Rodrigo Duterte, the tough-talking mayor of the southern city of Davao, emerged as the "clear front runner" in a survey that research institute Social Weather Stations (SWS) released Monday.The survey was conducted from April 18 to 20, shortly after a video circulated showing Duterte making the off-color remark about the missionary in campaign hustings.Another survey of 4,000 voters nationwide taken by research group Pulse Asia before the remarks hit the headlines also put Duterte in the lead with 34 percent ahead of Poe at just 22 percent.Human rights groups have accused Duterte of leading vigilante death squads that have carried out over a thousand killings in Davao -- allegations he has boasted about and said that if elected, he would kill 100,000 criminals.
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