Two months before the elections in the Philippines, the five tandems for the positions of president and vice-president are launching their official campaign. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the former dictator, is leading in the polls.

Two months to the day before the May 9 elections, the official campaign begins in the Philippines. A campaign that will be unlike any other due to the restrictions linked to Covid-19, underlines the site call back. More than 65 million voters will go to the polls to choose not only the president of the country, the vice-president, two positions elected independently of each other, but also senators and representatives to local institutions.

Five tandems face each other for the two main positions. Candidates include former boxing champion Manny Pacquaio and former police chief Panfilo Lacson.

The tandem formed by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio, respectively candidates for the post of president and vice-president, is “at the top of the voting intentions”, explain it Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“They will launch their campaign from the Philippine Arena, the largest indoor stadium in the world,” with a capacity of 55,000 seats and located 30 kilometers north of Manila. In order to respect the rules of social distancing in this period of Covid-19, the event will be open to ticket holders only, detailed the spokesperson for the Marcos campaign.

Avoid debates

More than thirty-five years after the end of the dictatorship of his father, Ferdinand Marcos, who reigned in an authoritarian manner from 1962 to 1986, “Bongbong” Marcos promises voters to unify the country. By teaming up with the daughter of the outgoing president, Rodrigo Duterte, Sara Duterte-Carpio, will he succeed in seducing both those nostalgic for his father’s era and the supporters of the outgoing president? Rodrigo Duterte did not hide, during his presidency, his admiration for the former dictator (1917-1989), pleading in particular for the transfer of his remains to the cemetery of heroes, a gesture which had aroused the ire of the former victims. of the dictator and their relatives.

But, underlines the daily, the electoral commission must decide if the fact for the candidate “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to have been convicted in a case of tax evasion ten years ago disqualifies him.

“Confident in the polls, candidate Marcos still avoids major interviews. It remains to be seen how long this can last”, relief Filipina


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