Philippines President Benigno Aquino is enjoying an extended political honeymoon despite his government's bungled handling of a deadly bus hijacking and criticism he is moving too slowly on reforms.
The leading candidate in early Philippine election results, Benigno Aquino, was not able to cast his vote because an electronic voting machine malfunctioned.
Top candidates in next week's Philippines election have all cast themselves as the anticorruption leader. But they're focusing less on reform than on entertaining voters with singers, dancers, balloons, and prize giveaways.
New computerized electronic voting machines are meant to prevent fraud in Philippines election in May. But in tests, the voting machines rejected ballots and failed to connect to the cell phone networks to transmit results.