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Duterte allies win leadership of Congress ahead of speech

  • Filipino activists and supporters for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raise their clenched fists as they arrive near the gates of the House of Representative where President Duterte is set to deliver his first state of the nation address in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday July 25, 2016. Thousands of activists were allowed near the gates to listen to President Duterte's speech. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Filipino activists and supporters for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raise their clenched fists as they arrive near the gates of the House of Representative where President Duterte is set to deliver his first state of the nation address in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday July 25, 2016. Thousands of activists were allowed near the gates to listen to President Duterte's speech. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo smiles beside her neck brace during the opening session of the Philippine Congress where President Rodrigo Duterte is set to deliver his first state of the nation address at at the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city north of Manila, Philippines on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of Arroyo last week after dismissing plunder charges against her. Arroyo was under hospital arrest for more than four years. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Former President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo smiles beside her neck brace during the opening session of the Philippine Congress where President Rodrigo Duterte is set to deliver his first state of the nation address at at the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city north of Manila, Philippines on Monday, July 25, 2016. The Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of Arroyo last week after dismissing plunder charges against her. Arroyo was under hospital arrest for more than four years. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Philippine First Lady and now Congresswoman Imelda Marcos, center, sits with fellow lawmakers as she attends the opening session of the 17th Congress wherein President Rodrigo Duterte is to deliver his state of the nation address Monday, July 25, 2016 , at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Former Philippine First Lady and now Congresswoman Imelda Marcos, center, sits with fellow lawmakers as she attends the opening session of the 17th Congress wherein President Rodrigo Duterte is to deliver his state of the nation address Monday, July 25, 2016 , at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

New President Rodrigo Duterte's two main political allies have been elected to head the two chambers of the Philippine Congress in overwhelming victories he would need to push proposed legislation, including restoring the death penalty and shifting the country to a federal state.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, Duterte's partymate, was picked by 20 of 24 senators Monday to become the new Senate president while Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez was backed by 251 of nearly 300 legislators to win the leadership of the powerful House of Representatives.

The congressional victories of his allies came hours before Duterte was to deliver his first state of the nation address, barely a month since being sworn into office on June 30 after his overwhelming presidential victory in May.