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As the temperature soared, Filipinos lined up for almost a mile to enter an elementary school in central Manila to cast their votes.

Pop-up stalls sold water, mango shakes and even yakitori as music blared from cars and bikes. Despite the festive air, the task they — and tens of millions across the sprawling island republic — were engaged in was deadly serious: Determining whether a brutal dictator’s family returns to helm the country.

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