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Doubt cast on Philippine reform chances

Message sent by midterm voters may be pro-reform but political influence of clans and dynasties remains undiminished.

Last Modified: 17 May 2013 08:15
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Voters in the Philppines have sent a message that they want to see reform, giving President Benigno Aquino’s allies a solid majority in the Senate and House of Representatives.

But change is by no means guaranteed, with many of the same political clans still dominating national and local positions. 

One analyst says the outcome of the midterm polls is a “reaffirmation" of the Philippines' traditional politics of clans and dynasties.

Al Jazeera's Marga Ortiga reports from Manila.

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