OK, the very bad guy Duterte has hit his term limit and isn’t doing a shenanigans to extend the limit.
Famous boxer Many Pacquiao is running. Uh oh, he’s known for being a homophobe and not exactly great person.
Oh, Duterte is his running mate.
Even not knowing anything about the politics of the area, it seems like this clearly is just a shenanigan to extend Duterte’s term. Manny is simply willingly becoming a puppet here, right? Even if he actually does keep Duterte in the VP role, he’s clearly going to be carrying the same policies.
I still find this really interesting. If I was an evil autocrat only pretending to democracy I would absolutely just let whoever on the ballot and let people campaign or vote however they wanted. I would win even if there were 0 votes for me, because it’s just a pretend election. The fact that they keep doing these shenanigans in Russia to influence the vote tells me there is a good chance they are actually counting votes properly, and the count matters. If that’s the case, there’s good reason for opposition to put effort into getting the vote out, assuming they are willing to risk being poisoned or whatever. But that’s it again. If the election is a sham, why poison? They can’t possibly win. Let them do whatever.