The winner of the presidential election in the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.the son of the former dictator of the Philippines, today declared his victory in the presidential election and vowed to be the leader of “all Filipinos”, according to his spokesman.
“Judge me by my deeds, not by my ancestors,” he told the world, “Vick Rodrεςguez said in a statement.
According to preliminary results covering almost all constituencies, Marcos Jr., known as Bong Bonggarnered more than 56% of the vote and more than double the number of his main rival, outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo.
The triumph of 64-year-old Marcos Jr. took place after an election campaign marked by a storm of misinformation.
For years, accounts in favor of Marcos Jr. have flooded social media, targeting mostly young people.
They present the 20 years of his father’s regime (1965-1986) as a golden age of peace and prosperity for the archipelago, silencing the tens of thousands of dissidents who were arrested, tortured or killed during the dictatorship or even the billions of dollars The country’s Markos family’s funds for its personal enrichment.
The regime was overthrown in 1986 after a massive popular uprising, and the Marcos family went into exile in the United States before returning to the Philippines to patiently organize its political support network.
The sweeping victory of Marcos Jr. marks the return to power of the Marcos family, 36 years after the popular uprising that removed it from power.
Bong Bong is the first candidate for the presidency to win the absolute majority after the overthrow of his father.