With over 98% of the voter precincts being accounted for at the Philippine Commission on Elections transparency server, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., is expected to win the Philippine National elections by a landslide leading with 31,087,556 million votes. The opposition leader, current Philippine Vice President Maria “Leni” Robredo, is trailing by a massive margin with 14,813,996 votes.
Other Presidential candidates such as boxing legend and Philippine Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, and labor leader Leody De Guzman have conceded defeat, leaving Robredo to fight off Marcos Jr. However, the Marcos win is already expected by many as there is no possible way Robredo can catch up with roughly 2% of the votes still being left to count.
Marcos Jr.’s camp has proclaimed victory even without the official count being finished yet, marking what several historians and political scientists predict to be one of the darkest ages in Philippine history. Marcos Sr., Bongbong’s father, was the dictator who stole $10 billion from the Philippine public funds during his 20-year reign in the Philippines from 1969 to 1986. During this time, the Philippine international debt skyrocketed to $28.26 billion from $0.36 billion. He also incarcerated some 70,000 political rivals and activists, tortured 35,000, and killed 3,257 people. These numbers could be higher as several people were kidnapped and never to be seen again.
Filipino lawyer and Marcos Jr.’s spokesperson Vic Rodriguez Jr. released his statement regarding the prospective win: