AFP Manila, Philippines ● Mon, May 9, 2022 2022-05-09 19:05 0 128cd67a58d1be3381e8327580c4dd19 2 Asia and Pacific election,authoritarianism,Marcos-Jr,Philippines,human-rights,corruption Free Millions of Filipinos thronged polling stations Monday to elect a new president, with the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos the favourite to win the high-stakes vote. Nearly 40 years after the patriarch was deposed by a popular revolt and the family chased into exile, Ferdinand Marcos Jr looks set to complete their remarkable comeback from pariahs to the peak of political power. Ten candidates are vying to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte in elections seen by many as a make-or-break moment for the Philippines’ fragile democracy. But only Marcos Jr and his rival Leni Robredo, the incumbent vice president, have a credible chance of winning. From before dawn, mask-clad voters formed long queues to cast their ballots in 70,000 polling stations across the archipelago. At Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School in the northern city of Batac, the ancestral home of the Marcoses, voters waved hand fans to cool their faces in the tropical heat. Bomb sniffer dogs swept the polling station before Marcos Jr arrived with his younger sister Irene and eldest son Sandro. They were followed by the family’s flamboyant… Read full this story
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