- Filipinos heads to the polls to elect a new president on May 9
- This election may be one of the most important in recent memory
- The country's "elite democracy" could be threatened by the leading candidates
Richard Javad Heydarian is a political science professor at De La Salle University, Manila, and the author of Asia's New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific (Zed, London).
(CNN)The upcoming presidential election in the Philippines is arguably the country's most consequential in recent memory.