Firebrand mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is set to clinch the Philippines' presidency, said he will be a "dictator" against evil and vowed to step down in six months if he failed to fulfill his promise to stamp out corruption.
"I will be strict. I will be a dictator, no doubt it. But only against forces of evil — criminality, drugs and corruption in government," Duterte said Tuesday morning in his hometown of Davao City, in the southern Philippines.
"My message to all government employees — the police, the military, everyone, including cabinet secretaries — stop. You just stop (corruption)."
Duterte's closest rival Mar Roxas conceded defeat Tuesday, following Grace Poe out of the race, though official results are yet to be announced.
"It is clear that Mr. Rodrigo Duterte will be the next president of the Philippines.
Digong (Duterte's nickname), I wish you success," Roxas told supporters.
With more than 90% votes counted Tuesday, Duterte was in the lead with more than 38%, according to an unofficial tally from the PPCRV poll monitor.
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Over half of the 100 million-strong population registered for the pivotal election, braving stifling heat to cast their ballots Monday.
Duterte, known for his inflammatory comments, has been the long-time front-runner in a campaign dominated by the issues of the economy and corruption.
Boys distribute election leaflets outside a polling precinct in Davao City on May 9, 2016.