Sixty-five million registered voters will go to the polls throughout the Philippines on Could 9 to elect their subsequent president, congressional officers, provincial governors and mayors.
The slate to succeed Rodrigo Duterte on the Malacañang palace features a late dictator’s son, a retired worldwide boxing champ, a former film star who serves as mayor of Manila, an ex-chief of nationwide police, and the feminine vp who has led opposition to the 77-year-old president throughout their six years in workplace.
A complete of 10 candidates are on the presidential poll. They’re:
- Leni Robredo, the outgoing vp;
- Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the previous Philippine dictator;
- Manny Pacquiao, a former world boxing champ and sports activities icon;
- Francisco Domagoso, a former film actor who serves as Manila metropolis mayor;
- Panfilo Lacson, a former nationwide police chief;
- Ernie Abella, a former authorities spokesman;
- Leody de Guzman, a labor chief;
- Norberto Gonzales, a former nationwide safety adviser;
- Jose Montemayor Jr., a physician;
- and Faisal Mangondato, who claims to signify Muslim pursuits on this predominantly Roman Catholic nation however is basically unknown.
As well as, voters will elect a vp individually from the president, half of the 24-member Senate, all 316 members of the Home of Representatives, and greater than 17,700 officers throughout this archipelago nation, starting from city and metropolis mayors and their deputies to governors and their deputies.
What’s at stake
Duterte, who is proscribed by the structure to serve one six-year time period, has seen hundreds of alleged customers and sellers killed in his conflict on medicine. He additionally has labored to strengthen relations with China regardless of ongoing tensions between the 2 international locations within the South China Sea and a 2016 worldwide tribunal ruling that acknowledged Philippine territorial claims within the disputed waterway.
The upcoming election is basically seen as a contest between Robredo and Duterte’s allies – Marcos Jr., who’s working with Sara Duterte-Carpio, Duterte’s daughter who serves as mayor of the household’s house metropolis of Davao, because the vp.
Marcos is the present front-runner within the presidential contest, in accordance with current polls.
Whereas Marcos vowed to proceed the conflict on medicine, he has mentioned he would do it otherwise and with fewer killings. Observers mentioned Marcos seemingly would shield Duterte from investigations into the killings, together with by the Worldwide Felony Court docket, when he leaves workplace and loses immunity from prosecution.
Robredo, a lawyer and a former member of Congress who beat Marcos Jr. within the 2016 race for vp, has mentioned she would examine the killings and overhaul a few of Duterte’s insurance policies, particularly his South China Sea coverage.
She mentioned she desires China to respect the 2016 worldwide ruling, which invalidated its expansive claims to the ocean area. In January, she mentioned that if she gained, she would use the ruling as a leverage to “create a coalition of countries who’re with us in defending the West Philippine Sea,” what Manila calls its South China Sea territories.
Listed here are snapshot bios of the highest 5 presidential contenders:
Vice President Leni Robredo
Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, 57, is a lawyer who served within the Home of Representatives member earlier than being elected vp in 2016 – defeating Marcos Jr. She hopes to grow to be solely the third lady to be elected as chief of the Southeast Asian nation.
Robredo initially expressed reluctance to hitch the race, however was persuaded by an opposition coalition as the one candidate who might beat what’s seen as an extension of the Duterte administration in Marcos. She has portrayed herself because the stabilizing candidate and the popular selection of the enterprise neighborhood.
She first ran for public workplace in 2013 after the dying of her husband, an inside secretary beneath Duterte’s predecessor, President Benigno Aquino III.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., 64, didn’t graduate from faculty however has a “particular diploma” in social research from Oxford College, and within the Seventies attended the College of Pennsylvania’s Wharton College of Enterprise.
His father and namesake had dominated the nation with an iron fist, resulting in reported deaths of hundreds throughout his regime. Authorities imagine he plundered as a lot as U.S. $10 billion from the nation’s coffers.
A individuals’s energy revolt in 1986 led to the Marcos household fleeing the nation – his father died in Hawaii three years later. The elder Marcos’ widow, Imelda, and their kids have been allowed to return house and have since rebuilt their political energy.
Marcos Jr. is married to Louise Cacho-Araneta, a lawyer and who’s believed to have engineered his return to energy in what analysts mentioned was a transfer to clear the household title. He has served within the Home and Senate, and as a governor as effectively.
His eldest of three sons, Ferdinand Alexander, 28, is carrying on the household’s political custom by working for a Home seat this yr.
Marcos Jr. has mentioned he plans to “unify” the nation if he wins.
Sen. Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao
“Manny” Pacquiao, 43, is likely one of the most recognizable athletes on the earth. He’s the one man in boxing historical past to carry world titles in eight completely different divisions and he’s on a first-name foundation with Hollywood stars and different international celebrities.
The 5-foot 5-inch athlete grew up poor in southern Common Santos metropolis earlier than stowing away on a ship to Manila, the place he began his boxing profession, incomes lower than 100 pesos a battle. He was rejected in his try and signify the Philippines as an Olympics boxer.
Regardless of his early setback, Pacquiao’s energy and velocity within the ring noticed him defeat among the world’s high boxers in main money-making matches.
As Pacquiao’s fame and wealth grew, so did his profile. He parlayed his fame into politics, however failed on his first try and be elected to Congress in 2007. He would later win a seat on the Home of Representatives, earlier than securing a Senate seat in 2016.
Pacquiao stays some of the common politicians in current reminiscence and allied himself with Duterte over the drug conflict, however differed with the president over the South China Sea. As well as, he has accused the Duterte authorities of corruption.
He and his spouse, Jinkee, have 5 kids.
Mayor Francisco Domagoso
Born in Manila’s impoverished Tondo district, Francisco Domagoso, 47, has served because the mayor of the Philippines’ capital metropolis since July 2019. A son of a stevedore and a housewife, Domagoso as a baby scavenged for meals that his mom ready for household meals.
A expertise scout noticed Domagoso attending a wake in 1993, an encounter that led to him internet hosting a each day selection present and launching his profession in present enterprise. From there, he gained a seat on the town council for 3 consecutive phrases by means of 2004 and was elected to his first time period as vice mayor in 2007.
Domagoso studied native laws on the College of the Philippines and regulation on the Arellano College in Manila. He additionally took programs on the government education schemes at Harvard College’s Kennedy College of Authorities and at Oxford College’s Saïd Enterprise College.
He misplaced his Senate race in 2016, however Duterte appointed him to a number of authorities posts. Campaigning in 2019, he gained his race for Manila mayor, defeating his idol, former President Joseph Estrada, who had additionally starred in films.
Pundits have given Domagoso little likelihood of successful, however he has mentioned that he needed to strike whereas the iron was scorching.
He has promised to construct hospitals and housing items for the poor.
Sen. Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson
At 73, Lacson, a former nationwide police chief, is likely one of the most skilled candidates.
Because the nation’s former high cop, he endeared himself to the Filipino-Chinese language neighborhood by taking over kidnapping syndicates who preyed on them. He would later win a seat within the Senate, the place he has been seen as a maverick politician.
Some critics have referred to as him a Duterte enabler, but in addition observe that he has referred to as out the president on points. Lacson portrays himself as a politician who speaks out towards corruption.
Lacson authored the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 that was signed by Duterte. Human rights teams have questioned the regulation, calling it a instrument that might be used to stifle dissent.