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More than three decades after the overthrow of the largely peaceful revolt of “People’s Power”. The Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, his son and namesake is the first choice in most voter preference polls. Some of the main topics of the vote on Monday:
WHAT’S AT PLAY
A triumph of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. would be a stunning reversal of the pro-democracy revolt of 1986 that drove his father from office to global infamy. Many Filipinos aware of the atrocities and plundering of human rights that took place under the former Marcos dictatorship would likely have rejected any perceived threat to democracy or Marcos Jr.’s attempt to recover assets seized from his family as illicit wealth.
The winner of the election inherits immense problems, including an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic, deepest poverty and unemployment, hyperinflation due to skyrocketing oil and gas prices, decades-old insurrections and inflamed political divisions. He could also be called upon to prosecute outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte for his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs. The International Criminal Court has investigated the killing of thousands of mostly poor soft drug suspects as a possible crime against humanity.
FERDINANDO MARCOS JR.
A former provincial governor, congressman and senator, the late dictator’s 64-year-old son is making the Marcos family’s most impressive attempt to regain the presidency. Her mother, Imelda Marcos, has twice unsuccessfully attempted to retake the seat of power after returning with her children to Philippines from exile in the United States, where her husband died in 1989.
Marcos Jr. defended his father’s legacy and steadfastly refuses to apologize and acknowledge the atrocities and looting during the dictatorship. Married to a lawyer, with whom he has three children, he has stayed away from controversies, including a past tax conviction and the Marcos family’s refusal to pay a huge inheritance tax. battle cry of national unity. He denies allegations that he funded a years-long social media campaign that exploited online trolls to slander opponents and hide the Marcos family’s controlled history, challenging critics to “show me one.”
As an economics student at the University of the Philippines in the 1980s, Leni Robredo joined the massive protests that led to the ouster of Elder Marcos. The 57-year-old also studied law and won a seat in the House of Representatives in 2013 in her first foray into politics after her husband, a respected politician, died in a plane crash in 2012. She defeated Marcos Jr. in the run for vice president. 2016 by a narrow margin in their first electoral confrontation. Her advocacy center on advocating human rights and empowering the poor, in part by teaching them their legal rights.
The daughter of a court judge, Robredo does not belong to any of the prominent families that have dominated Filipino politics for generations, and functions as an independent organization backed by a network of campaign volunteers. As the opposition vice-president, who was elected separately by Duterte, she condemned the killing of mostly poor drug suspects as part of her crackdown on her, angering the cheeky leader and straining theirs. bonds for years. The mother of three was cited for her integrity and a lifestyle that shies away from the traps of power: she used to regularly travel alone by bus to her home province as a congresswoman.
Eight other presidential hopefuls fell far behind in pre-election polls, including Manny Pacquiao, the 43-year-old former boxing star, who vowed to build homes for the poor and lock corrupt politicians in a “mega prison” . Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, a 47-year-old former TV heartthrob, pointed to his life story from rags to power and public awe of his massive cleanup of the capital. Senator Panfilo Lacson, 73, a former national police chief, has vowed to continue to use his investigative skills to expose the government’s major corruption.
GUARANTEE THE VOTE
In addition to the presidency, more than 18,000 government posts will be contested elections, including half of the 24-member Senate, more than 300 seats in the House of Representatives, as well as provincial and local offices across the archipelago of over 109 million Filipinos. About 67 million are registered to vote. Voting will take place over 13 hours on Monday, the one-hour extension intended to compensate for slower queues due to social distancing and other coronavirus safeguards. After polling stations close, thousands of counting machines across the country will send out unofficial results for counting. A partial, unofficial tally could reveal a clear winner in hours, but a tight match could take longer. The official tally and propaganda by Congress could take weeks.
Thousands of police and military have been deployed due to the long-standing risks posed by Communist and Muslim rebels and a history of often bloody political and family rivalries in rural areas. In 2009, gunmen deployed by the family of the then governor of the southern province of Maguindanao massacred 58 people, including 32 journalists, in an attack on an electoral convoy that shocked the world.