News ID: 321528
Published: 0722 GMT May 10, 2022

Marcos Jr. wins Philippine presidency

Marcos Jr. wins Philippine presidency
JES AZNAR/THE NEW YORK TIMES

The namesake son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has been elected Philippine president by a landslide in an astonishing reversal of the 1986 “People Power” pro-democracy revolt that ousted his father.

Marcos Jr. had more than 30.8 million votes in the unofficial results with more than 97% of the votes tabulated as of Tuesday afternoon. His nearest challenger, Vice President Leni Robredo, a champion of human rights, had 14.7 million votes in Mondays election, and boxing great Manny Pacquiao appeared to have the third highest total with 3.5 million, AP reported.

His running mate, Sara Duterte, the daughter of the outgoing leader and mayor of southern Davao city, had a formidable lead in the separate vice presidential race.

The alliance of the scions of two authoritarian leaders combined the voting power of their familiespolitical strongholds in the north and south but compounded worries of human rights activists.

Dozens of anti-Marcos protesters rallied at the Commission on Elections, blaming the agency for the breakdown of vote-counting machines and other issues that prevented people from casting their votes. Elections officials said the impact of the malfunctioning machines was minimal.

A group of activists, who suffered under the dictatorship said it was enraged by Marcoss apparent victory and would oppose it.

A possible win based on a campaign built on blatant lies, historical distortions and mass deception is tantamount to cheating your way to victory,” said the group Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law, or CARMMA. This is not acceptable.”

Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte avoided volatile issues during their campaign and steadfastly stuck instead to a battle cry of national unity, even though their fatherspresidencies opened some of the most turbulent divisions in the countrys history.

 

 

   
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