Indigenous people wearing traditional costumes cast their votes at a polling center in Baguio City, north of Manila today. National elections in the Philippines kicked off today with Benigno Aquino the favourite to win the presidency, but there were deep concerns violence and cheating could mar the vote. Forty million Filipinos are expected to turn up at polling stations across the sprawling archipelago to elect a successor to President Gloria Arroyo, whose near decade-long rule has been tarnished by allegations of corruption. AFP
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