Marcos and Robredo lead the field before the Philippine presidential vote

Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, delivers a speech at an election rally in Lipa, Batangas province, Philippines, April 20, 2022. (Reuters / Eloisa Lopez / File Photo); Vice President Leni Robredo, presidential candidate for the 2022 Philippine elections, speaks during an election rally in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Feb.13, 2022. (Reuters / Lisa Marie David / File Photo / File Photo)

The Filipino presidential candidates will wrap up their campaign this week before the May 9 elections, in a contest that has morphed into a two-way race between undisputed favorite Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his main rival Leni Robredo.

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Below are details on the presidential candidates, starting with the current leader surveys:

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr

The late dictator’s namesake, Marcos, 64, is a former governor, congressman and senator who emerged as a leader with 56% support in the latest opinion poll.

Since returning to the Philippines in 1991 from exile following the overthrow of her father, the Marcos family have sought to reconstruct an image tainted by the often brutal government of Elder Marcos and the plundering of billions of dollars. from state suitcases.

Known as “Bongbong”, Marcos Jr. chooses Sara Duterte-Carpio, current President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, as her candidate for vice president, made a move that analysts said helped boost her popularity. However, the vice president is elected separately.

Popular with many young people born after the dictatorship of his father, Marcos he says he offers a “unifying brand” of leadership.

Observers have their say strong social media presence contributed to its advantage in polls. Critics argue Marcos is attempting to rewrite controversial family history for a youth electorate.

Marcos, who recently called his late father a “political genius”, denied claims of spreading disinformation.

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Robredo last week challenged Marcos to a debate, but declined, saying he preferred to speak directly to the public.

Leni Robredo

Vice President Robredo, 57, is the leader of the opposition and the only female candidate.

Robredo and Marcos have a longstanding rivalry, with Robredo firmly affiliation with the movement he ousted that of Marco father after years of authoritarianism and martial law.

Former human rights lawyer closely Marcos defeated in the competition to become vice president in 2016. She served as Duterte’s housing minister but resigned after being barred from cabinet meetings and became one of his stunned critics.

After condemning what she called “senseless killings” in her war on drugs, she was named Duterte’s “drug czar,” but he fired her after just 18 days.

Robredo is lobbying for public sector transparency and has promised to lead a government that cares for people and strengthen the medical system.

If Robredo wins, she would be the third woman to lead the Philippines after democracy champion Corazon Aquino in 1986 and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2001.

He runs with Francis Pangilinan, a lawyer and senator, and in the latest poll he was in second place with support of 23%.

Manny Pacquiao

Retired boxing superstar Pacquiao, 43, has vowed to jail corrupt officials and criticized Duterte’s close relationship with China. He is committed to improving the health system, eradicating corruption, stimulating economic growth and providing housing for the poor. He is currently third in the polls with 7% support and runs with Jose Atienza, a congressman and former environment minister.

Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso

The 47-year-old Manila mayor and former filmmaker has pledged zero tolerance to China’s maritime aggression in the South China Sea, and his economic agenda centers on housing, jobs, health and infrastructure.

Domagoso, who is late in the polls with 4% support, runs alongside Willie Ong, a doctor who has 16 million Facebook followers seeking free medical advice.

Yacht “Ping Lacson”

Lacson, 73, is a senator and former national police chief who made an unsuccessful presidential offer in 2004 and is also in the queue in the latest 2% support poll.

—Neil Jerome Morales Report Ed Davies and Lincoln Feast Editing

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