The Philippines woke to a new but familiar political landscape on Tuesday, following Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s election triumph which paved the way for a once unimaginable return to the country’s highest office for its most notorious political dynasty. Some 400 demonstrators staged a protest outside the election commission, citing election irregularities.
Mr Marcos, better known as “Bongbong”, trounced bitter rival Leni Robredo to become the first candidate in recent history to win an outright majority in a Philippines presidential election, marking a stunning comeback by the son and namesake of the ousted dictator that has been decades in the making.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT — Ferdinand Marcos Jr. clinched a stunning landslide victory in the Philippines' presidential election, bringing the son of a former dictator to lead the nation https://t.co/zRir35ksWE pic.twitter.com/Whn2FeW85r
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Around 400 people, mostly students, staged a protest outside the election commission on Tuesday against Mr Marcos, citing election irregularities.
'I am not going to have my president be named Ferdinand Marcos again.'
Kakie Pangilinan, child of VP aspirant Kiko Pangilinan, is part of the rally here in front of the Palacio del Gobernador. #Halalan2022 #VoteReportPH pic.twitter.com/IQ8eXazOLN
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The country’s Commission on Election, which said the poll was relatively peaceful, upheld its dismissals of complaints filed by different groups, including victims of martial law, that had sought to disbar the newly elected president from the presidential race based on a 1995 tax evasion conviction.
Mr Marcos fled into exile in Hawaii with his family during a 1986 “people power” uprising that ended his father’s autocratic 20-year rule, and has served in congress and the senate since his return to the Philippines in 1991.
His runaway victory in Monday’s election now looks certain with about 98 percent of the eligible ballots counted in an unofficial tally showing he has nearly 31 million votes, double that of his opponent. An official result is expected around the end of the month.
The infamous family
Thousands of opponents of Marcos senior suffered persecution during a brutal 1972-1981 era of martial law, and the family name became synonymous with plunder, cronyism and extravagant living, with billions of dollars of state wealth disappearing.
tw // violence, torture, mentions of rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment
the reality of martial law under the dictatorship of ferdinand marcos. his son is running for president now. https://t.co/l7GqzASDX9
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Mr Marcos gave few clues on the campaign trail of what his policy agenda would look like, but is widely expected to closely follow outgoing President Duterte, who targeted big infrastructure works, close ties with China and strong growth.
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