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The Philippines will elect a president tomorrow

Filipinos on May 9 will go to the polls to elect a president to replace Rodrigo Duterte.

About 67.5 million Filipinos aged 18 and over are eligible to vote, along with about 1.7 million people from the overseas Filipino community. Polling stations will open at 6am (5am Hanoi time) and close at 7pm (18pm Hanoi time).

When the voting period ends, the counting of votes is carried out immediately and the candidate with the most votes wins. The new Philippine president could be named within hours of the end of the vote and will take office next month.

Congressman Ferdinand Marcos Jr (left) and incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo.  Photo: Reuters.

Congressman Ferdinand Marcos Jr (left) and incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo. Image: Reuters.

The Filipino people will also choose a new vice president, a position elected separately from the president. In addition, they also vote on MPs, governors and a series of local officials.

There are currently 10 candidates running for the presidency, of which two are predicted to have the highest chance of winning, congressman Ferdinand Marcos Jr and incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo. Polls show Congressman Marcos Jr. still leading, although Vice President Robredo is closing the gap.

Vice President Robredo, 57, entered politics in 2013 after her minister husband was killed in a plane crash. Ms. Robredo pledged to lead the government in a more accountable and transparent manner.

Marcos Jr, 64 years old, is the son of former president Ferdinand Marcos. He attended Worth Private School in England and the University of Oxford. During the campaign, Marcos Jr emphasized unity but gave few details about his policies and limited the reception of interviews and debates in the media.

Other prominent presidential candidates include Philippine boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and former police chief Panfilo Lacson.

The candidate for the position of deputy congressman Marcos Jr is Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the daughter of President Duterte. Sara Duterte-Carpio is leading the poll for vice president.

President Duterte, 76, cannot run for a second term as president under the constitution. In October 2021, he announced that he would not run for vice president in this year’s election and would leave politics.

Ngoc Anh (According to Al Jazeera)

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