Philippines

Updated 6:10 a.m. ET Tuesday:

With 87 percent of precincts counted, Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of southern Davao City, appears to have clinched the Philippines presidential election. Michael Sullivan reports for our Newscast Unit that Duterte, who began as a political outsider, "collected nearly twice as many votes as his two main rivals, including the man supported by outgoing President Benigno Aquino."

Results are still not official, but his two closest rivals have withdrawn from the race in the face of Duterte's commanding lead, Reuters reports.

The dispute over the South China Sea, one of the most complicated geopolitical issues of the 21st century, keeps heating up. China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and other regional governments are all part of the dispute — along with the United States.

Here are four key things to know about the dispute.

1. What's At Stake

The South China Sea holds immense resources, from the oil and gas located underneath the seabed to the lucrative fishing it has afforded for generations.

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Local Filipinos are raising funds for victims of two recent natural disasters in the Philippines.

The Filipino Community of Seattle had planned a dinner benefit on Nov. 22 to help the victims of a devastating earthquake that rocked the country last month. Then Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the country on Nov. 8, killing an estimated 10,000 people.