The son and namesake of the late former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted in 1986, won a landslide victory in the presidential election in Philippines. This is evidenced by the data of the election commission on the results of counting more than 90 percent of the ballots, made public on the morning of Tuesday, May 10.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., 64, received nearly 30 million votes, more than double that of his closest rival, Leni Robredo, who is the island nation’s vice president. Together with Marcos, the fight for the post of vice president led Sarah Duterte-Carpiodaughter of the current president of the country Rodrigo Dutertewhich is also ahead of its competitors.
The final results are expected only in a few weeks. The victory of Ferdinand Marcos Jr marks the return to power of the Marcos clan 36 years after they fled into exile, when Ferdinand Marcos Sr was overthrown in a revolution of popular power.
After six years of Duterte’s authoritarian regime, human rights activists, Catholics and political analysts fear that Marcos Jr. will prove to be an even more autocratic leader. Duterte, known for numerous scandalous actions and statements, last October announced his retirement from politics.