Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Marcos Jr poised to gain historic win as Philippine presidential campaign ends



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The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos wrapped up his presidential election campaign Saturday with a raucous rally of lots of of 1000’s of supporters, as polls present him heading in the direction of a landslide win.

Victory in Monday’s election would cap a decades-long effort to rehabilitate the Marcos legacy after the patriarch was deposed and the disgraced clan chased into US exile. However the prospect of Ferdinand Marcos Jr transferring again into the presidential palace has alarmed rights activists, church leaders and political analysts who worry he might rule “with out constraint”.

The Marcoses’ exceptional return from pariahs to the height of political energy has been fuelled by public anger over corruption and poverty that persevered below governments that adopted the dictatorship. Tons of of 1000’s of red-clad Marcos supporters on Saturday amassed on a dusty wasteland neglected by a gleaming luxurious on line casino resort — a stark reminder of the nation’s huge earnings hole.

Wielding nationwide flags, they gathered earlier than a stage that includes an infinite display screen of the smiling candidate as Filipino reggae, hip-hop and pop performed at deafening ranges. “We’ll win as lengthy as you keep awake on Monday so there will not be one other tragedy,” Marcos advised the group, referring to his claims that he was cheated of victory within the 2016 vice presidential race.

Mary Ann Oladive, a 37-year-old name centre employee, stated she hoped Marcos Jr would convey unity to the nation. “We hope for higher alternative and jobs. We belief him, we hope that after the election they are going to give us a greater future within the Philippines,” she stated.

‘With out constraint’

Ten candidates are vying to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte within the landmark elections seen by many as a make-or-break second for Philippine democracy. Polls point out Marcos Jr will win greater than half the votes, which might make him the primary presidential candidate to safe an absolute majority since his father was ousted in 1986.

Analysts warn such an consequence would lead to weaker democratic checks and balances, extra corruption and a recent try to overhaul the 1987 structure — which might embrace scrapping the one-term restrict for presidents. Earlier administrations, together with Duterte’s, have tried to amend the structure, however they lacked enough help in Congress to push via modifications. The newest ballot by Pulse Asia Analysis confirmed Marcos Jr on 56 % — 33 proportion factors forward of his nearest rival Leni Robredo, who narrowly beat him within the 2016 vice-presidential race.

Such a profitable margin would give Marcos Jr the ability to “govern the way in which Duterte needed to”, one long-time observer of Philippine politics advised AFP. “That’s with out constraint,” he stated.

Robredo’s current ballot bump has raised hopes amongst progressive supporters that their volunteer-driven campaign might but ship an upset. There was a carnival ambiance within the capital’s monetary district on Saturday as lots of of 1000’s of Robredo followers sporting her pink campaign color and waving flags and balloons packed out avenues, dancing to stay Pinoy pop blaring over loudspeakers.

In a rousing speech, Robredo advised her supporters there was “at all times hope” and declared “victory awaits us”. First-time voter Charmaigne Ang, 18, stated the election was “crucial”. “Our subsequent six years of life will rely upon it,” Ang, 18, advised AFP. “Surveys usually are not a foundation of who will win.”

However pollster Ana Maria Tabunda of Pulse Asia Analysis gave Robredo little hope. “Our error margin is just plus or minus two proportion factors — given the massive hole, it isn’t going to be affecting the outcomes,” Tabunda advised AFP.

Bitter campaign

Allegations of soiled tips marred the final week of a bitter presidential campaign, as Marcos Jr warned of vote-rigging whereas Robredo accused him of being a “liar”. Marcos Jr has run a tightly-controlled campaign, skipping televised debates with rivals and largely shunning media interviews to keep away from personal targets earlier than election day.

A large and well-funded social media misinformation campaign focusing on a principally younger voters with no reminiscence of his father’s violent and corrupt rule has additionally sought to rewrite the household’s historical past. Marcos Jr’s recognition has been additional enhanced by a formidable alliance with vice-presidential frontrunner and first daughter Sara Duterte, and the backing of a number of rival political dynasties.

Days forward of the election, rights defenders and lots of Catholic monks made a last push to cease Marcos Jr returning to the Malacanang Palace, the place he grew up. “It is going to be one other six years of hell,” warned political satirist and activist Mae Paner, 58, who was a part of a preferred rebellion that ended the elder Marcos’s regime and has been campaigning for Robredo.

Tons of of monks endorsed Robredo and her operating mate Francis Pangilinan, telling their flocks the election was a “battle for the soul” of the nation. However after enduring six years of assaults from the elder Duterte, Robredo has seen her recognition hammered by a relentless and cruel on-line smear campaign.

Political analyst Richard Heydarian stated Robredo’s late resolution to enter the race had price worthwhile time, whereas “pointless infighting” amongst rival candidates had benefited Marcos Jr. “They’re handing this on a silver platter to the princeling of Philippine politics, Bongbong Marcos,” he stated, utilizing Marcos Jr’s nickname.

 (AFP)

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