Filipino election victory returns Marcos to power and is polarized

Manila (Reuters) – The Philippines woke up on Tuesday at the dawn of a new but familiar politics. After the election victory by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. paved the way back to the country’s highest government office for the once unimaginable and most notorious political dynasty.

Well known as “Bombon,” Marcos has become the first candidate in recent history to defeat bitter rival Leni Robredo and win a majority in the Philippine presidential election. ..

Marcos fled to Hawaii with his family during the 1986 “People’s Power” uprising, ending his father’s dictatorial 20-year rule and returning to the Philippines in 1991, serving in parliament and the Senate. I’ve been doing it.

Marcos’ runaway victory in Monday’s elections shows that 96% of the ballots covered in the informal tally are counted, more than 30 million votes, twice as much as Robledo.

Official results are expected around the end of the month.

“Volunteers, parallel groups and political leaders have done a lot with us to believe in our message of unity,” Marcos said in a statement streamed on Facebook. So I stood next to the flag and said.

Marcos, 64, campaigned on a platform of unity, but political analysts say his presidency is unlikely to promote it, despite the room for victory.

Supporters of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. have made a big rival outside the candidate’s headquarters in Mandaluyong, Philippines, on May 9, 2022, as part of the results of the 2022 national elections. Indicates that you are in the lead. REUTERS / Eloisa Lopez

Philippine stocks fell about 3% on Tuesday to track global stock prices, but analysts are concerned about Marcos’ victory, especially the financial implications of continuing to promise food and fuel subsidies. Also listed.

Meanwhile, the peso currency rose 0.3% against the dollar.

Many of the millions of Robled voters see them as a brave attempt by a shameful former first family to use social media acquisition to reinvent the historic story of the era of power. I’m angry with things.

Thousands of Marcos’ senior opponents were persecuted during the brutal era of martial law from 1972 to 1981, and the family name became synonymous with looting, favoritism, and luxury life, billions. The dollar’s national assets have been lost.

The Marcos family has denied cheating, and many of its supporters, bloggers, and social media influential people have stated that historical explanations have been distorted.

Students stage a protest

About 400 people (mainly students) protested against Marcos outside the Election Commission on Tuesday and because of the irregularities in the elections.

The Election Commission, which said polls are relatively peaceful, will rule on Tuesday a petition to overturn the dismissal of complaints trying to keep Marcos out of the presidential election.

The human rights group Karapatan called on Filipinos to reject the new President Marcos, who said he was built on lies and disinformation “to deodorize Marcos’ abominable image.”

Marcos, who avoided debate and interviews during the campaign, recently praised his father as a genius and politician, but was also frustrated by questions about the martial law era.

As the number of votes indicated the extent of Marcos’ victory, Robledo told her supporters to continue their fight for the truth until the next election.

“It took me some time to build the structure of the lie. I have the time and opportunity to fight and dismantle these,” she said.

Marcos gave some clues about the trajectory of the campaign on what his policy agenda would be, but targeted large-scale infrastructure work, close ties with China, and strong growth. It is widely expected to closely follow President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte’s tough leadership style has given him a lot of support.

Gregory Pauling, a Southeast Asian analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies based in Washington, DC, said Washington needed to engage Manila rather than criticize “the democratic headwinds that hit the Philippines.”

“This is not the end of Filipino democracy, but it may accelerate its decline,” Pauling said. Filipino election victory returns Marcos to power and is polarized

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