Tough-talking Philippine mayor looks set to be new president
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A brash and tough-talking mayor who has pledged to kill suspected criminals and end crime within six months looked set to become the next president of the Philippines after taking an unassailable lead in an unofficial vote count in Monday's elections.
The son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had a narrow lead in the vice presidential race.
Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of southern Davao city, had secured more than 14.4 million votes, according to a count of 87 percent of precincts nationwide. The closest of his four main rivals, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, had 8.6 million votes. Final results are expected Tuesday.
"We can call it now because the gap got so big relative to the maximum the No. 2 can get" of the remaining votes, said William Yu of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. The group is accredited by the Commission on Elections to conduct the unofficial "quick count."
A victory by Duterte would amount to a massive political shift in the Philippines. Starting as an outsider, Duterte built his popularity with radical pledges to eliminate poverty and end corruption and crime. He has a reputation for fighting crime as mayor of Davao for 22 years, but has been accused of ordering extrajudicial killings to achieve that.
Macmillan Dictionary.comでは、”[INTRANSITIVE/TRANSITIVE] to say what you think will happen, for example in politics or business”と定義されており、
The situation in the East is hard to call.
It’s very difficult to call the market.
今回の”We can call it now”は、文脈も考慮に入れると、「もう勝ちだと言ってもいいだろう、当選確実といえます」といった解釈になるかと思います。