Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos leads unofficial count in the Philippines

The son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is on course for a landslide victory in the Philippine presidential election, according to the unofficial provisional tally, with nearly 60 percent of the vote.

According to the provisional, automatic, unofficial and unverified count of the Electoral Commission (COMELEC), Marcos Jr, 64, would double the number of votes to his closest rival, the current vice president Leni Robredo, with more than 70 percent. of an unofficial automatic provisional count published by the Electoral Commission.

These results would mean the return to power in the Philippines of the Marcos family, after its patriarch was expelled in 1986 after a peaceful popular revolution that ended the 21-year regime that left at least 3,257 people summarily executed, thousands of tortured and about 10,000 million dollars looted from the public treasury.

All the polls advanced since the beginning of the campaign that Marcos, who has avoided electoral debates and uncomfortable interviews, was the favorite to replace the controversial Rodrigo Duterte as president of the Philippines, for a single six-year term.

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Davao’s popular mayor and daughter of the incumbent president, Sara Duterte-Carpio, who was running in tandem with Marcos for vice president, may also have won a landslide victory, with about 60 percent of the vote, according to the unreported count. official.

The electoral campaign that ended on Saturday has been seriously affected by the massive disinformation operation that has flooded social networks with false news and continuous attacks between candidates.

A disinformation, mainly on Facebook, of which the Philippine journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, María Ressa, has been warning for years, has allowed the legacy of Marcos and Imelda Marcos, who were in power between 1965 and 1986, to be rewritten.

Today’s election day, in which 67 million Filipinos were called to vote, was marked by long queues at schools and technical problems, which is why the closing time had to be extended in most of the centers voting.

In addition to the presidency and vice presidency, 12 seats in the Senate, Congress, and numerous provincial and local offices were also up for vote.

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“Bongbong”, as he has been known since he was a child in the Philippines, began his political career at the age of 23 as deputy governor of Ilocos Norte, the family feud, although he had to go into exile with his family in 1986 until his return in 1991. He wanted to declare his victory until the official results are known.

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