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10 May 2022, 02:18 GMT+10

MANILA -- Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of former President Ferdinand Marcos, is taking a big lead in Monday's Philippine presidential election over his main rival, incumbent Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, according to a live unofficial count from the elections commission server.

According to the latest tally, 64-year-old Marcos garnered 20,978,083 votes over 57-year-old Robredo's 9,921,820. (Philippines-Election-Results)

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SEOUL -- Visiting Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan met with South Korea's outgoing President Moon Jae-in on Monday, saying China-South Korea relations have made significant progress over the past five years.

Wang, Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative, arrived here to attend the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol. (S. Korea-China-Ties)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday said he has resigned from the post as violent protests broke out in the capital between his supporters and anti-government people.

The prime minister said in an official Twitter message that with immediate effect, he has tendered his resignation to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Sri Lanka-PM-Resignation)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo is scheduled to fly to the United States on Tuesday to attend the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit which will be held in Washington D.C. on Thursday, the country's presidential secretariat said on Monday.

Head of the Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono said the president is expected to return to Indonesia from the United States on Sunday morning. (Indonesia-United States-ASEAN Summit)

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