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Ferdinand Marcos Jr. leading in polls

With just days to go before the Philippine elections, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. continues to retain a big lead over his closest rival — the country’s current Vice President Leni Robredo.

That’s according to the latest survey by independent pollster Pulse Asia which found that 56% of respondents favored Marcos, the son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who was overthrown in 1986.

Robredo, who defeated Marcos in the vice presidential bid in 2016, remained a distant second. She garnered 23% in the opinion polls which surveyed 2,400 people between April 16 to 21.

“There are many candidates, only two have any chance of winning: Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the Philippines’ longtime former dictator, and current Vice President Leni Robredo,” said Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, an American think-tank.

Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, whose six-year term ends in late June, has not endorsed any of the presidential candidates — but his political party is backing Marcos, according to Reuters.

Even though Duterte’s approval ratings remain high at 67%, he can only serve for one term under constitutional law.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he accompanies some of PDP-Laban’s senators slate for next year’s elections with the Commission on Elections in Manila on October 8, 2021.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s six-year term in the top office ends in 2022.
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There are some 67.5 million voters who have registered for the May 9 election. In addition to voting for senators as well as provincial, city and municipal officials, Filipinos will also be electing a president and a vice president, who will each serve for the next six years.

Voting is set to close at 7 p.m. local time on Monday, with counting set to start after that. Unofficial results might be released as soon as a few hours via a live vote count, according to Reuters. However, during the presidential elections in 2016, Duterte was officially proclaimed the winner only three weeks after the polls.

The other eight candidates include world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao who received the next highest support of 7% in the survey, and Manila mayor Francisco Domagoso — a former actor better known by his stage name Isko Moreno — who garnered 4% in the opinion polls.,tajs-dgjas-asdgfasdas/6,54509149.html

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