Mr. Ferdinand Marcos Jr won an overwhelming victory in the Philippine presidential election on May 9, with the results of the unofficial vote counting showing that he was far ahead of his nearest opponent and won enough votes to win the presidency.
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After more than 30 years, Mr. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, son of the late Philippine President from 1965-1986 Ferdinand Marcos, has certainly won to become the country’s 17th president. By 8:26 a.m. local time on May 10, the 64-year-old politician had obtained more than 30.51 million votes (58.82%) of more than 95.97% of valid votes from counted constituencies. His closest opponent, Vice President Leni Robredo, had 14.54 million votes (28.03%).
About 67 million people, including 1.6 million overseas Filipinos, were registered to vote in the May 9 election. Voter turnout in the Philippines is about 80%. It is expected that the official results of the Philippine election 2022 will be available around the end of the month.
In addition to the office of president and vice president, more than 18,000 other government positions will be selected in the May 9 election, including 12 seats in the 24-member Senate, more than 300 seats in the House of Representatives, as well as members of the Senate. Provincial and local offices on an archipelago of more than 109 million Filipinos.
In a brief address to supporters and the media at headquarters after the unofficial results were announced, Mr. Marcos Jr “hopefully you won’t get tired of trusting us” and stressed. strong “we have a lot of work to do”. The politician from a prominent political family also thanked “all those who took part in our fight”.
Mr. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, commonly known as Bongbong, attended school in the Philippines and a boarding school in the UK. He studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford. At the age of 23, Mr. Marcos Jr was the Deputy Governor of his home province of Ilocos Norte, in the extreme northwest of the island of Luzon and later became governor. At the age of 29, he and his family left the Philippines and returned to the country in the 1990s.
Upon his return to the Philippines, Mr. Marcos Jr re-established his political career, returning as governor of Ilocos Norte, then as a congressman and senator. In 2016, he ran for vice president but lost to Leni Robredo. Mr. Marcos is married to attorney Louise Araneta-Marcos and has three sons.
Message of Solidarity
Mr. Marcos Jr ignored the presidential debates and made little media appearances during the Philippine presidential campaign. Still, he delivered a message of national unity throughout the campaign “because I firmly believe that solidarity is the first step out of the crisis we are in.” He pledged to prioritize creating create more jobs, lower the cost of living, including lower rice prices, and invest more in agriculture and infrastructure.
Marcos Jr’s candidacy for the Philippine presidency also received a big boost from his alliance with Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte. Sara Duterte led opinion polls for the presidency last year, but ultimately decided to withdraw and endorse Marcos Jr. This has forged a formidable alliance, uniting the backing forces of the two political clans of Marcos in the northern Philippines and Duterte in the southern island of Mindanao.
Ms. Sara Duterte is also far ahead of 8 opponents in the race for Vice President of the Philippines, with the opponent with the next result after her in the vote count not being Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan – Leni Robredo’s running mate . The president and vice president are elected separately in the Philippines, but this is the first time since 2004 that candidates from the same faction have been elected to the country’s top two posts.
The winner of the Philippine presidential election on May 9 faces huge problems, an economy ravaged by COVID-19, poverty and deeper unemployment, and hyperinflation driven by oil and gas prices. skyrocketed, decades-long uprisings and political divisions grew. Marcos Jr’s six-year presidency is expected to create continuity from outgoing leader Rodrigo Duterte, with topics such as the war on drugs and infrastructure issues. However, according to analysts and investors, Mr. Marcos Jr’s economic agenda has not had many details…