Philippines election winner ‘Bongbong’ Ferdinand Marcos Jr tells the world to judge him by his actions, not his family

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The son of the disgraced late Filipino dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, vowed on Tuesday to work for all after his stunning election victory, and told the world to judge him on his presidency, not his family’s past.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, better known as ‘Bongbong’, has become the first candidate in recent history to win an outright majority in a presidential election in the Philippines, paving the way for a once unimaginable return to power for the political dynasty. the most famous in the country.

“Don’t judge me by my ancestry, but by my actions,” Marcos told the world, according to a statement from his spokesperson Vic Rodriguez.

A protest outside the Election Commission office in Manila, the Philippines, May 10, 2022.
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A protest outside the Election Commission office in Manila, the Philippines, May 10, 2022.
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Marcos fled to exile in Hawaii with his family during a 1986 ‘people power’ uprising that ended his father’s 20-year autocratic rule, and has served in Congress and the Senate since his return in the Philippines in 1991.

Marcos’ runaway victory in Monday’s election now looks certain with 98% of eligible ballots counted in an unofficial tally showing he has 31 million votes, double that of his closest rival, the vice president. Leni Robredo.

An official result is expected towards the end of the month.

“This is a victory for all Filipinos and for democracy,” spokesman Rodriguez said.

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Wealth and influence

“To those who voted for Bongbong and to those who did not, it is his promise to be the president of all Filipinos. To seek common ground across political divides and to work together to unite the nation.”

Although Marcos, 64, campaigned on a platform of unity, political analysts say his presidency is unlikely to foster that, with bitter feelings about his family’s vast political influence and wealth.

Philippine markets were mixed after the vote. Shares (.PSI) lost up to 3% at one point, dollar sovereign bonds fell, while the peso rose 0.4% against the dollar.

Marcos, in his statement, said he would start delivering for the Filipino people and looked forward to working with international partners and organizations.

Many who have not backed Marcos are angered by what they see as a brazen attempt by the once-vilified former First Family to use their social media savvy to reinvent historical narratives of their time in power.

Thousands of opponents of the elder Marcos were persecuted during a brutal era of martial law from 1972 to 1981, and the family name became synonymous with plunder, cronyism and extravagant living, with billions of dollars gone missing. of state wealth.

Anti Marcos and Duterte protesters hold a vigil at Liwasan Bonifacio Park on May 10, 2022 in Manila, Philippines.

Anti Marcos and Duterte protesters hold a vigil at Liwasan Bonifacio Park on May 10, 2022 in Manila, Philippines.
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Distorted narratives

The Marcos family have denied any wrongdoing and many of their supporters, bloggers and social media influencers say historical accounts are distorted.

About 400 people, mostly students, staged a protest against Marcos outside the electoral commission on Tuesday, citing election irregularities.

The polling body confirmed on Tuesday its rejections of complaints filed by different groups, including victims of martial law, who had sought to exclude Marcos from the presidential race based on a 1995 tax evasion conviction.

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Two of the petitioners, including the left-wing group Akbayan, said they would appeal to the Supreme Court.

Manila City Mayor Francisco Domagoso, a distant fourth, and retired boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, third in the count, conceded defeat on Tuesday. “I hope that even though I lost this fight, my fellow Filipinos and the poor are winners,” Pacquiao said via Facebook.

A big win for Marcos was making President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter his vice-presidential vice president. Sara Duterte-Carpio won more than three times the number of votes of her nearest rival and likely widened Marcos’ appeal in many areas.

Human rights group Karapatan called on Filipinos to reject Marcos’ new presidency, which it said was based on lies and misinformation “to deodorize the Marcos’ hateful image”.

Presidential candidates Ferdinand "bong bong" The names of Marcos Jr. and Leni Robredo are seen on a destroyed unused ballot on Election Day on May 09, 2022 in Vigan, Philippines.

The names of presidential candidates Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Leni Robredo are seen on a destroyed unused ballot on Election Day on May 09, 2022 in Vigan, Philippines.
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Meanwhile, Amnesty International has accused Marcos and his running mate of avoiding discussing human rights abuses, including those committed under martial law and during President Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.

Marcos, who has avoided debates and interviews during the campaign, recently hailed his father as a genius and a statesman but has also been angered by questions about the martial law era.

Marcos called himself a reluctant politician and in a diary entry his father once said he worried his child son was too “lazy and careless”.

As the vote tally showed the extent of Marcos’ victory, Robredo told his supporters to continue their fight for the truth until the next election and dismantle “the structures of lies”.

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Marcos gave few hints on his policy agenda, but is expected to closely follow incumbent President Duterte, who has favored major infrastructure works, close ties with China and strong growth.

(This story refiles to add the VP’s dropped first name, Leni Robredo, in the fifth paragraph)

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