Election campaigns kick off in the Philippines, Marcos Jr. a favorite

The campaign season in the Philippines leading up to the May presidential election kicked off this week. Channel News Asia says this season is candidates are working a “chaotic” and “colourful allure offensive” which is geared toward attracting the millions of voters who are “typically more thinking about character than policy.”

Analysts have already foreseen the victory of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of the previous dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in succeeding Rodrigo Duterte, which would be a serious comeback for the family who was pressured into exile within the US after the patriarch’s demise in 1986.
More than 35 years after his father’s dictatorship ended, polls predicted Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who has vowed to unite the nation, would win a landslide victory in the coming elections regardless of his counterpart Sara Duterte, first daughter of President Duterte and vice-presidential candidate, being bolstered by a robust social media campaign.
Marcos Jr. advised broadcaster GMA over the weekend that it was not an excellent time to argue about what had happened in the Philippines up to now.
โซล่าเซลล์ need to talk about and focus on what we must be doing within the next few years in order to give back jobs to individuals so that they may have money of their pockets.”

The incumbent Vice President and a lawyer for the poor, Leni Robredo, has also challenged Marcos Jr. and Duterte, standing second in voter polls. As Sara launched her pink-coloured marketing campaign in Lupi, Camarines Sur’s central area the place most of Robredo’s supporters are, he advised them she was “filled with braveness since you are with me.”

Robredo is forward of former police chief Panfilo Lacson, celebrity mayor Francisco Domagoso, and movie star boxer Manny Pacquiao.
An analyst from Eurasia Group, Peter Mumford, says Marcos remains the overwhelming presidential favorite with a 70% chance of successful, citing that a lot of Duterte’s pro-authoritarian supporters see Marcos as the strongman candidate for the future.
However, Marcos Jr. is facing calls to be removed from the contest due to a past conviction for failing to file revenue tax filings. He has tried to justify his father’s dictatorship by highlighting financial progress and downplaying the regime’s human rights violations. Many Filipinos, although, are irritated by considerations about his family’s previous and alleged ill-gotten cash..

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