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Presidential candidate Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte talks to the media before casting his vote at a polling precinct for national elections at Daniel Aguinaldo National High School in Davao city in southern Philippines, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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DAVAO, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte will pursue annual economic growth of 7-8 percent, or even higher, in a drive to cut poverty, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.

"If we want to reduce the poverty rate, we need a higher growth," Peter Lavina said.

Under President Benigno Aquino, average annual economic growth has topped 6 percent and this year's target is 6.8-7.8 percent.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Writing by Karen Lema; Editing by Martin Petty)

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