His chief of staff and spokesman Victor Rodriguez, known in the Philippines as “Bong Bong”, said Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator and his namesake, had promised to be “president for all Filipinos”. ۔
“Historically, people have used their democratic vote to unite our nation,” the statement said. “This is a victory for all Filipinos and democracy. For those who voted for Bong Bong, and for those who did not, it is their promise to be president for all Filipinos. Find a common ground between political divisions.” To do, and to work together. To unite the nation. “
Marcos Jr. campaigned on the “Alliance” platform, promising more jobs, lower prices and more investment in agriculture and infrastructure.
Although Marcos Jr. has linked his campaign to his father’s legacy slogan, Marcos Jr. has called on the world to judge him by his actions, not by his family’s past.
“For the world,” says Rodriguez, “test me not with my fathers, but with my deeds.”
Robredo, who has said he will not accept the election until the election irregularities are investigated, urged his supporters to accept the results of the May 9 election.
He has announced a rally for his supporters on May 13.
Presidential candidate Manny Pacquiao, a former boxing champion, and Esco Moreno, Manila’s mayor and former actor, acknowledged Tuesday.
Hundreds of protesters, including students and members of progressive groups, gathered outside the Philippine Election Commission in the capital Manila on Tuesday, holding banners and chanting anti-Marcos slogans, saying they were election irregularities. ۔
Critics of Marcos Jr. are angry that he is whitewashing Philippine history and trying to rewrite the abuses and corruption committed by the Marcos family during his father’s dictatorship.
According to human rights groups, tens of thousands of people were imprisoned, tortured or killed under martial law under Marcos Sr. from 1972 to 1981. The Philippine Presidential Commission for Good Governance (PCGG), tasked with recovering illicit family wealth, estimates that about ً 10 billion was stolen from the Filipino people. Dozens of cases are still pending.
The Marcos family has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing under martial law and the use of state funds for personal gain. Campaigners say Marcos has never been held fully accountable and that victims of martial law are still fighting for justice.
Marcos Jr.’s running mate for vice president is Sarah Duterte Carpio, the daughter of outgoing populist leader Rodrigo Duterte. Although many of his policies are unclear, Marcos Jr. is expected to continue Duterte’s policies on infrastructure and his controversial “war on drugs.”
Partial and unofficial results indicate that Duterte Carpio will win the post of vice president, who was elected in a separate race from the presidency, by an overwhelming majority.