Dictator son Marcos Jr. uncatchable in front

After the presidential election in the Philippines, election winner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. thanked his supporters on social networks. In a “message of gratitude,” the 64-year-old said: “Even though the count isn’t over yet, I can’t wait to thank you all for all the help, everyone who joined our fight, the victims you have brought, your work, the time and the talent you have given us.”

According to unofficial results, the son of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989) and the former First Lady Imelda (92), known for her shoe addiction, clearly won the vote on Monday. After counting more than 97 percent of the ballot papers cast, he had more than twice as many votes as his closest competitor, opposition leader Leni Robredo.

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However, only the Congress (consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives) can announce official results. This is not expected for a few weeks. However, it is considered almost certain that the controversial Marcos dynasty will return to the Malacañang Palace in the capital Manila 36 years after their expulsion from the island state.

Former Vice-President Robredo called on her supporters to accept the result and “listen to the voice of the people”. She knows that many in the country are dismayed by the result. “For the sake of the Philippines, which I know you love very much, we must listen to that voice, because in the end we only share one nation,” the human rights lawyer said. (dpa)

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