Bongbong Marcos set to become 17th President of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr is expected to be named the 17th President of the Philippines.

The son of former President Ferdinand Marcos is set to get a landslide victory in the presidential race in the 2022 elections. As of 1:47 PM on May 10, the partial and unofficial results show Marcos’ huge lead over his rival, Vice President Leni Robredo.

Bongbong Marcos set to become 17th President of the Philippines
Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is set to be proclaimed as the 17th President of the Philippines Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Bongbong Marcos

According to the 97.62% of the nationwide election returns of Commission on Elections (Comelec), Marcos keeps his huge margin with 30,934,060 votes. Meanwhile, Marcos’ tandem, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is also the frontrunner in the vice presidential race with a 31,367,252, the official and unofficial results show. The numbers are expected to increase as more election returns come in.

Earlier, Robredo already issued a lengthy message of appreciation to her supporters and volunteers. She said that their fight for change would continue, and they are proud of their achievements during the campaign.

Vice presidential aspirant Vicente “Tito” Sotto III also stated that he had accepted the election results.

He wrote, “The people have made their choice. I accept the will of the People. We presented an alternative for a better system in governance and politics but the electorate had their minds conditioned elsewhere. Our word of honor and loyalty are of far greater importance than an election win. I am glad that I did not yield to any political pressure to change my principles and kept my integrity intact till the end. God speed to our new President and Vice President and I quote from the Holy Book. —JOSHUA 24:15, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

UST political analyst Prof. Dennis Coronacion commented on how the pre-election survey was relevant to the polls' results. He explained that while many individuals doubted the survey results, it reflected the huge margin of the Marcos-Duterte tandem to Robredo and her running mate, Senator Kiko Pangilinan.

The same sentiment was echoed by University of the Philippines (UP) Political Science professor Ranjit Rye on the results of the polls. “So far sa tingin ko, based on the partial and unofficial results na nakikita natin, tama yung mga surveys na lumabas,” he said in an interview.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officially junked the four disqualification cases against Marcos on Tuesday, May 10.

Comelec Commissioner George Garcia announced that we could expect the winners for president and vice president around 7 days after the election, based on partial and unofficial results.

“We will have the proclamation of the president by the first week of June,” he added.

When all the election returns have been counted, Congress will have to work as the official national canvassing body for the results of the presidential and vice-presidential elections.

The House of Representatives and the Senate will resume their sessions on May 23.

House Speaker Rep. Lord Allan Velasco assured the public that the schedule of the proclamation could even be earlier than expected. With the automated results, they said they could finish the canvassing in five days, ahead of Comelec’s schedule.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said the proclamation for the president and the vice president could be as early as May 27 or 28 at the latest.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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