- With over 90 percent of the votes counted so far, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son of former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos, leads in the 2022 Philippine election at almost 59 percent, more than twice the votes of his nearest competitor, current Vice President Leni Robredo.
- Sara Duterte-Carpio, Marcos’s running mate and the daughter of current President Rodrigo Duterte, leads in the vice presidential race at almost 61 percent, as of this writing.
- The election results appear to reflect the success of the Marcos family’s efforts to restore their name through a historical revisionist campaign on social media.
- The phrase “Please Lord” trended on Twitter in the Philippines, with many netizens praying for a fair national election while expressing their anxiety for the future of their country.
- A shooting at a polling station in the southern island of Mindanao on Monday left three security guards dead, just hours after five grenades exploded outside of a polling station in Datu Unsay municipality, leaving nine people wounded.
With over 90 percent of the votes counted so far, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. leads in the 2022 Philippine presidential election.
With about 65.7 million registered voters in the Philippines and 1.69 million overseas, Marcos currently holds 59 percent of the votes, more than twice those of his nearest competitor, current Vice President Leni Robredo.
- In an interview with CNN Philippines released on April 26, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. denied using online trolls to boost his campaign and urged critics to “find me one.”
- In response, Filipino American group US Filipinos for Good Governance (USFGG) launched a website dedicated to exposing pro-Marcos Philippine presidential election trolls on Facebook.
- The group found 102 trolls who coordinated with each other to push content favorable to Marcos’ campaign and spread disinformation about current Vice President Leni Robredo, his main presidential rival.
- The group determined the trolls’ three main activities to be distribution, commenting and filling up profiles or pages with pro-Marcos content.
- USFGG also called on Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to remove fake posts and disable the trolls’ accounts on Facebook before the May 9 elections.
Filipino American group US Filipinos for Good Governance (USFGG) launched a website dedicated to exposing pro-Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. trolls on Facebook after the presidential candidate urged critics to “find me one” last week.
Aiming to fight disinformation in the Philippines, USFGG identified 102 troll accounts using artificial intelligence and public data.
Historic campaign rally of Philippine presidential candidate gets nods from Bretman Rock, Ariana Grande
- American pop star Ariana Grande took to her official Instagram story to repost two videos of the People’s Rally for Philippine presidential candidate Leni Robredo, in which over 100,000 Filipinos gathered and sang Grande’s 2014 hit song “Break Free.”
- “I could not believe this was real. I love you more than words,” the singer wrote over one of the videos, showing a sea of people wearing pink, the official color of Robredo’s political campaign, while singing her song.
- Over the weekend, Robredo, who is the only female presidential candidate, also received a nod from Filipino American beauty influencer and social media personality Bretman Rock, who shared his support for Robredo on his Instagram story by reposting photos of her.
- “The best man for the job is a woman,” he quoted her and wrote, “This statement shook me to the core… My president is a WOMAN.”
- The “PasigLaban Para sa Tropa Pasig City People’s Rally” marked the biggest “Leni-Kiko” rally across the country, with over 130,000 supporters in attendance.
A video of over 100,000 Filipinos singing Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” while gathered at a ”People’s Rally” on March 20 in support of presidential candidate Leni Robredo in Pasig City caught the attention of the American singer-songwriter herself.
The pop star took to her official Instagram story to repost two videos of the event.