You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Aquino, allies appear near control of Philippine Senate

President Benigno Aquino campaigned last week in Quezon City, Philippines.

Cheryl Ravelo/REUTERS

President Benigno Aquino campaigned last week in Quezon City, Philippines.

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines appeared set to win control of the 24-member Senate, according to early results in legislative elections. The result would bolster his plans for an expanded anticorruption drive.

With about 30 percent of precincts reporting Monday, nine Senate candidates backed by Aquino are leading among the 12 seats being decided, according to an unofficial count posted on the Commission on Elections’ website.

Continue reading below

Because four of the 12 senators whose terms expire in 2016 ran with Aquino’s coalition when he took power, a victory for nine more allies would give him an effective majority in the upper House.

Aquino, who has overseen an economic revival during the first three years of his single six-year term, said in a May 8 interview he wants to reduce the number of people who travel abroad to earn a living.

The 53-year-old leader wants a tighter grip on the Senate to push for stronger antigraft measures, speedier trials, and a more efficient procurement system.

‘‘Stronger control of Congress gives Aquino a better chance of pushing for his legislative agenda for the rest of his term,’’ said Paul Joseph Garcia, at BPI Asset Management Inc. in Manila. ‘‘The outcome of the elections will be a validation of the president’s policy reforms and governance that has boosted investor confidence.’’

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.