Marcos Jr. braced for victory as millions begin voting in the Philippine presidential election

Looks like Ferdinand Marcos Jr is ready to be Next President of the Philippines As millions began voting on Monday, thousands of security forces watched after violence killed four people at the weekend.

According to the latest opinion pollsThe 64-year-old, the son of a ousted dictator, would win more than half of the vote to become the first presidential candidate to receive an absolute majority in decades.

The poll, published last Monday, showed he had a score of 56% — far ahead of his main rival, Vice President Lenny Robredo, who was a distant 23%.

Marcos Jr., popularly known as Pong Pong, is the son of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who ruled the country with an iron fist for two decades until he was ousted in 1986 after mass protests. During the campaign, Marcos attempted to recast his father’s legacy as It can be compared to the family of former US President John F. Kennedy in its luster.

Robredo, a 57-year-old lawyer and economist, would need a low turnout or a belated increase in support to trigger a surprise.

Ferdinand “Bong Pong” Marcos Jr. is widely expected to emerge as a winner in the Philippines’ presidential election, as voters lined up to vote on Monday outside a polling station in Batak, Ilocos Norte province.

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Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, 77, is constitutionally barred from seeking a second term. He has not endorsed any candidate, but his daughter Sarah is the vice president for Pong Pong Marcus.

Filipinos will also elect the vice president, senators, legislators in the House of Representatives, and regional and local officials in opinion polls that are expected to attract about 65.7 million registered voters in the country and another 1.69 million abroad, local media reported, citing election commission figures.

More than 50% of voters are between the ages of 18 and 41, which means they don’t remember the brutal rule of Marcos Sr. because they were either not born or too young to understand the mass arrests, torture, and other abuses of that era.

After six years of Duterte’s hard-line rule, the country has seen a A brutal war against drugsThere are widespread fears that a landslide victory for Marcos the Younger might herald a return to authoritarian rule. Both Bongbong and Sara Duterte said they are better qualified to “unify” the country.

Elections are often marred by violence in the Philippines. On Saturday, four people were killed in a shootout between mayoral candidates in the northern province of Ilocos Sur. Three security guards were also killed in Pulwan municipality of the troubled island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Monday when armed men opened fire on a polling station, AFP reported.

In all, there were 16 election-related violence incidents during this campaign, less than in 2016 and 2019. More than 60,000 security personnel have been deployed to protect polling stations and election workers.