THE PHILIPPINES: Ferdinand Marcos Jr clinched a stunning runaway victory in the Philippines’ Presidential Election yesterday in the first win by a majority since a 1986 revolution that toppled his late father’s two-decade dictatorship.
An unofficial tally showed Marcos, popularly known as “Bongbong”, had surpassed the 27.5 million votes needed for a majority, setting the stage for a once unthinkable return to rule of the Marcos family, 36 years after its humiliating retreat into exile during a “people power” uprising.
“I hope you won’t get tired of trusting us,” Marcos told supporters in remarks streamed on Facebook, a platform at the core of his political strategy.
“We have plenty of things to do,” he said, adding “an endeavour as large as this does not involve one person.”
Marcos Jr had 29.9 million votes, double that of Leni Robredo, the vice president, with 93.8 per cent of the eligible ballots counted, according to the unofficial Commission on Elections (COMELEC) tally. Turnout was about 80 per cent. An official result is expected around the end of the month. Marcos Jr has served as a Governor, Congressman and Senator, his sister, Imee, is currently a Senator and mother Imelda, the influential power-broker and widow of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, served four terms in Congress. Marcos Jr’s son Ferdinand Alexander was also poised to win a seat in Congress. Marcos, 64, has presented no real policy platform, campaigning on a simple but ambiguous message of unity.
His six-year Presidency is expected to provide continuity from outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, whose ruthless, strongman approach proved popular and helped him to consolidate power rapidly.
– THE MALAY MAIL