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Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Son of Ousted Dictator, Poised to Win Philippines Presidency

HeadlineMay 10, 2022

In the Philippines, protests broke out Tuesday in response to the landslide victory of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the late Filipino dictator, in Monday’s presidential election. His running mate is Sara Duterte, the daughter of current President Rodrigo Duterte. The election was plagued with violent attacks at polling sites and delays triggered by glitches in vote-counting machines. Marcos’s chief rival was Leni Robredo, the country’s current vice president. She spoke as election results were announced Monday.

Vice President Leni Robredo: “Even if a lot of votes have not been read, even if there are still questions in this election that need to be answered, it is clear that the thoughts of the people are becoming known. For the sake of the Philippines, which I know you really love, we need to listen to this voice, because, in the end, we share one country.”

The Marcos dynasty returns to power some 36 years after the family fled a mass uprising in 1986 that ended Marcos’s brutal two-decade dictatorship. Marcos’s government committed serious human rights violations, including forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. He was also accused of corruption and of looting the Philippines’ treasury. Ferdinand Marcos Sr. died in 1989 while in exile in Hawaii.

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