Ferdinand Marcos Jr. leads early vote count in Philippines presidential election

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appeared to lead the vote tally in the 2022 Philippine presidential election on Monday with 81.8% of eligible ballots counted, Manila-based news site Rappler reported.

Marcos, Jr. received “26,313,353 votes as of 12:12 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, with 81.80% of the precincts reporting. His closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo, received 12,554,852 votes,” Rappler reported citing unofficial figures from the Philippine Election Commission (COMELEC).

Marcos, Jr. thanked his supporters just after 11:00 p.m. local time on May 9 in Manila for their votes in his favor during the day of the 2022 Philippine presidential election, which lasted from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 9.

“We know the count is not yet done, not yet finished, we still have to be on our toes,” Marcos said in comments to reporters during his first public address since the polls closed. four hours earlier.

“Even though the count is not over yet, I couldn’t wait to thank you all,” he said at an impromptu press conference held at his campaign headquarters in Manila.

“I want to thank you for everything you have done for us. There are thousands of you: volunteers, parallel groups, political leaders who have… who have invested themselves with us, because they believe in our message of unity, because they believe in the candidate, in the Marcos tandem -Duterte,” the politician added.

The 2022 Philippine presidential election was part of a broader general election in the country on May 9 that saw an estimated 65 million voters elect thousands of national and regional political offices, including lawmakers, governors, municipal mayors and district councillors.

COMELEC’s early presidential vote count just after midnight on May 10 indicated that Marcos Jr. would reward her 2016 loss to Robredo in a Philippine vice-presidential election which she won by a narrow margin of 200,000 votes.

“The two have a bitter rivalry and embody a political chasm that has existed for more than four decades, with Robredo allied with the movement that toppled the elder Marcos,” Reuters observed on May 9. The news agency referred to the late Filipino leader Ferdinand Marcos. , whom many observers have called a “dictator” for his autocratic rule of the country from 1965 to 1986.

“Marcos, Jr has served as a governor, congressman and senator, his sister, Imee, is currently a senator, and mother Imelda, the influential power broker and widow of the late dictator, served four terms in the House of Representatives,” Reuters noted the Philippine political dynasty on Monday.

Marcos, Jr. associated with a more recently established political clan in the Philippines, that of current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, during his presidential campaign. Marcos, Jr.’s team garnered the support of President Duterte’s daughter, Sara, when she announced her candidacy for the Philippine Vice President in November 2021. Although the positions of President and Vice President are separately voted for in the Philippines, Marcos, Jr. and Sara Duterte were the official candidates (for president and vice president, respectively) of the Philippine political party Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) in the 2022 Philippine general election. PFP to the duo meant their campaigns formed an unofficial “tandem,” as Marcos, Jr. called it on May 9.

Reuters predicted on Monday that the likely new presidency of Marcos, Jr. “would provide continuity for incumbent leader Rodrigo Duterte, whose ruthless and strong-willed approach proved popular and helped him quickly consolidate power.”

Sara Duterte, who served as mayor of Davao City from 2010 to 2013 and 2016 to 2022, also led the first vote counts for the Philippine vice presidential office on May 9.

“From 7:17 p.m. Monday [May 9]926,748 votes were counted in favor of Duterte-Carpio”, Filipino Daily Researcher announced May 10.

“She is followed by Senator Francis Pangilinan, who has so far garnered 262,613 votes based on the Comelec transparency server,” the newspaper noted.

COMELEC’s official vote count in the 2022 Philippine presidential election was scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. local time on May 10, with the commission expected to officially announce a winner in the following days.

Members of the Filipino public slammed COMELEC on Monday for its alleged failure to keep hundreds of its voting machines running smoothly across the country during the general elections earlier in the day.

“A high turnout caused long queues, exacerbated in some areas by malfunctions of 533 of the 106,000 counting machines used, raising concerns among candidates that COMELEC sought to assuage,” Reuters reported.


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