[The Epoch Times, May 9, 2022](The Epoch Times reporter Xu Jian comprehensive report) Six years after losing the vice presidential race,the PhilippinesSon of dictator Ferdinand Marcoslittle marcosIt’s up against old rival Leni Robredo — but this time they’re not vying for vice president, but for the presidency.
Monday (May 9),the PhilippinesSome 67.5 million eligible citizens will vote in one day to elect the next president, vice president, hundreds of members of Congress and thousands of governors, mayors, and city councillors.
polls showlittle marcosThe leading advantage is obvious. The Philippine media believes that there is “almost no suspense” for him to be elected as the new Philippine president. His partner, the vice presidential running mate, is Sara Duterte, the daughter of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte, both of whom are “second-generation presidents.”
Philippine police and military said on Sunday that they wouldgeneral electionRemain on high alert. The current overall situation in the Philippines continues to be “relatively peaceful”.
The Philippines’ elections have seen political violence, fraudulent allegations and fraudulent ticket-buying. Reuters reported that the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the National Police and the Election Commission stressed that they were ready for any contingencies to ensure the Philippines had a Safe, accurate, free and fair elections.
The new president will replace Duterte, the current president who has been in power for six years, and take over the huge burden left by the current government, including the economy weakened by the new crown virus (CCP virus) epidemic, long-standing corruption problems, deeper poverty, wider unemployment, hyperinflation triggered by skyrocketing oil prices, decades of insurgency, and severe political divisions.
If Marcos wins, the Marcos dynasty will return to Malacañang, the official residence of the president, which 30 years ago plundered the country’s coffers and fled amid popular uprisings against its corrupt and brutal rule. The wealthiest and most influential family in Philippine politics has been labelled “authoritarian” and “predatory”.
Marcos, 64, is a former governor, congressman and senator. His mother, Imelda Marcos, returned to the Philippines with her children from exile after her husband died in the United States in 1989, and twice tried to retake her husband’s former position.
Marcos, known to Filipinos as “Bongbong,” used the slogan “Unity and Hope” and promised more jobs, lower prices and more investment in agriculture and infrastructure. The Duterte family has close ties to the Marcos family, and the two presidential descendants have labelled themselves the “Unity Team”, claiming to “re-emerge” the Philippines.
Marcos also tied his campaign to his father’s legacy, calling for “rising again” to evoke nostalgia for his father’s so-called “national golden age.” Supporters of the Marcos family say that period was a time of progress and prosperity, marked by the construction of major infrastructure projects such as hospitals, roads and bridges. Critics say that’s an illusion, because the projects are fueled by corruption, foreign loans and ballooning debt.
CNN analyzed that Marcos could once again take power, which is almost unimaginable for those who were imprisoned and tortured by his father, but opinion polls show that Marcos will win by a considerable margin.
CNN has reached out to Marcos and his campaign for comment about his family’s “ill-gotten gains” allegations and martial law atrocities, but has not received a response.
The Voice of America quoted analysts as saying that the direction of the Philippines’ foreign policy in the next five years will depend on the diplomatic line of Marcos, who is currently expected to be elected, toward Beijing. Marcos’s strongest competitor, current Vice President Robredo, once said in the campaign that if elected, he would engage in multilateral engagement with the CCP.
Responsible editor: Lin Yan #