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(reuters_tickers)
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)