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Philippine presidential election: Ferdinand Marcos Jr takes early lead

Marcos' running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio is also pulling ahead in the vice presidential contest



Philippines presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr greets his supporters during the last day of campaign rally at Paranaque City, suburban Manila on May 7, 2022. Photo: AFP
Philippines presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr greets his supporters during the last day of campaign rally at Paranaque City, suburban Manila on May 7, 2022. Photo: AFP

By Reuters

Published: Mon 9 May 2022, 4:50 PM

An unofficial vote count on Monday in the Philippines presidential election showed Ferdinand Marcos Jr taking an early lead.

Based on 3.2% of election returns, Marcos had 958,219 votes votes, followed by Leni Robredo at 406,608, according to the election body. It also showed Marcos's running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio with a big early lead in the vice presidential contest.

Voter turnout encouraging

Philippine voters streamed to polling stations on Monday, with prospects high of a once-unthinkable return to power for the Marcos family, 36 years after strongman Ferdinand Marcos was ousted in a “people power” uprising.

The presidential election pits Vice President Leni Robredo against former senator and congressman Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the dictator whose two-decade rule ended in a public revolt and his family’s humiliating retreat into exile.

Around 18,000 posts, from the vice presidency, seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives to mayors, governors and councillors, were also up for grabs.

The window for casting ballots officially closed at 7pm (1100 GMT) having opened 13 hours earlier, but election authorities said turnout appeared to have been high, and those still in line would still be allowed to vote after the deadline.

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Another reason for the queues were glitches reported in 533 of the 106,000 counting machines, authorities said.

Word spread quickly on social media about the counting machines and complaints about missing names on the register, which prompted calls from candidates to guard the vote.

“Rest assured, those being reported by media are isolated cases and will not affect the integrity of our elections,” commissioner Marlon Casquejo told a news briefing.


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