Election results in the Philippines: Ferdinand Marcos Jr asks the world not to judge him by his family’s past



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Ferdinando Marco Jr claimed victory in the Philippine elections 2022 Wednesday saying “the people have spoken decisively,” according to a statement by his spokesman.

Known as “Bongbong” in the Philippines, Marcos Jr, son and namesake of the late dictator, has vowed to be a “President for all Filipinos,” said Victor Rodriguez, his chief of staff and spokesperson.

With 98% of the votes countedMarcos Jr received 31 million votes over his closest rival, outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo, who got around 14 million, showed partial and unofficial results.

“In historical numbers, the people have used their democratic vote to unite our nation,” the statement said. “This is a victory for all Filipinos and for democracy. To those who voted for Bongbong, and to those who didn’t, it is his promise to be a president for all Filipinos. Seek common ground across political divisions and work together to unite the nation ”.

Marcos Jr campaigned on a platform of “unity”, promising more jobs, lower prices and more investment in agriculture and infrastructure.

The victory, if confirmed, would see the Marcos family return to power more than 30 years after being forced to leave the country in disgrace following a popular power revolution that overtook the Marcos Sr regime in 1986. Marcos Sr, the whose 21-year-old rule was marred by human rights violations e widespread corruptionhe died in exile in Hawaii three years later, but his family returned to the Philippines in 1991 and became wealthy and influential politicians, with subsequent family members representing their dynastic stronghold of Ilocos Norte.

Analysts say The rise of Marcos Jr is the culmination of a decades-long attempt to rename the Marcos family name and image, most recently through a social media campaign.

Despite tying his campaign to his father’s legacy with the slogan “rise again,” Marcos Jr asked the world to judge him by his actions, not his family’s past.

“To the world, he says: Judge me not by my ancestors, but by my actions,” Rodriguez said in the statement.

Robredo, who said he won’t concede until election irregularities are checked, urged his supporters to accept the May 9 election results.

“Whatever the outcome, let’s accept it because it will bring out a greater force that could unite us,” Robredo said during a thanksgiving mass in the metropolitan cathedral of Naga. according to on CNN Philippines.

He announced a meeting for his supporters on May 13.

On Tuesday, presidential candidates Manny Pacquiao, the former boxing champion, and Isko Moreno, Manila mayor and former actor, admitted.

Hundreds of protesters, including students and members of progressive groups, gathered in the capital Manila outside the Philippine Electoral Commission, holding banners and chanting slogans in protest against Marcos and claimed it was election irregularities.

The electoral commission (Comelec) claims rejected of election scams on Tuesday.

Critics of Marcos Jr are angry at what they say is a whitewashing of Philippine history and an attempt by the Marcos family to rewrite the abuse and corruption committed during his father’s dictatorship.

Tens of thousands of people were imprisoned, tortured or killed during the martial law period from 1972 to 1981 under Marcos Sr, according to human rights groups. The Philippine Presidential Commission for Good Governance (PCGG), tasked with recovering the family’s illicit wealth, estimates that some $ 10 billion has been stolen from the Filipino people. Dozens of cases are still active.

The Marcos family has repeatedly denied abuses under martial law and the use of state funds for personal use. Activists say the Marcoses have never been held fully accountable and martial law victims are still fighting for justice.

Marcos Jr’s vice president partner is Sara Duterte Carpio, daughter of outgoing populist leader Rodrigo Duterte. Although many of his policies are unclear, Marcos Jr is expected to continue Duterte’s policies on infrastructure and his controversial “war on drugs”.

The partial and unofficial results show that Duterte Carpio will win the vice presidency, elected in a separate race from the presidency, overwhelmingly.