Philippines: Marcos Jr. declares himself the winner of the election

In the Philippines, dictator’s son Ferdinand Marcos jr. declared the winner of the presidential election. After an unofficial count of 98 percent of the vote, the 64-year-old won a landslide victory in Monday’s election.

“He will be the 17th President of the Philippines,” announced his spokesman Victor Rodriquez today in the capital, Manila. The official result can only be announced by the Senate and House of Representatives Congress. That is only expected in a few weeks.

Cheers from Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

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However, most of the nine other contenders for the highest office in the country of 110 million people have already admitted defeat. According to the unofficial calculations, Marcos jr. around 31 million votes.

His toughest competitor, opposition leader Leni Robredo, didn’t even get halfway. Marcos Jr. announced through his spokesman that he wanted to be “President of all Filipinos” – including those who did not vote for him.

The regime under Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989) and his eccentric wife Imelda (now 92 years old) had made a name for itself for many years with murder, kleptocracy and the disappearance of political opponents without a trace.

The couple is also said to have diverted billions from the state coffers. In 1986, the family was expelled from the island nation and fled to Hawaii. After the death of the dictator in 1989, she returned to the Philippines in the early 1990s.

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