Elections begin in the Philippines with son of former dictator as favorite

Ten candidates seek to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte, but only Ferdinand Marcos and his rival Leni Robredo have a chance of winning.

The Philippines began voting this Monday morning (05.09.2022) (local time) to elect its new president, with the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos as the favorite to win the contest, according to polls.

The polls opened at 06:00 local time (22:00 GMT on Sunday), AFP journalists confirmed. Voting will continue until 7:00 p.m. local time.

Nearly 40 years after his father was deposed and sent into exile, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. seems poised to restore family power.

Ten candidates seek to succeed current President Rodrigo Duterte, but only Marcos and his rival Leni Robredo, current vice president, seem to have a chance of winning.

People wearing masks lined up before dawn to cast their ballots in front of schools and other sites converted into polling stations across the archipelago.

A high turnout is expected among the more than 65 million Filipinos eligible to vote.

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More than 60,000 security agents were mobilized to protect the electoral process. No incidents have been reported.

Opinion polls point to a clear victory for Marcos, with a double-digit lead over Robredo in recent polls.

Under Philippine electoral law, the winner is the one with the most votes, without the need for a minimum percentage of support.

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