Filipino activists will rally both outside the United Nations headquarters and nationwide on Sept. 20 while the Philippines’ current president, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., delivers a speech. The rally is meant to demand accountability from Marcos and the Philippines’ former President Rodrigo Duterte, whose drug war policy allegedly led to some 30,000 extrajudicial killings and whose daughter, Sara Duterte, is now the Philippines’ vice president. Led by national Filipino human rights organizations such as Malaya Movement, and Anakbayan, among others, the upcoming rally is also meant to demand that the West uphold and honor human rights worldwide.
Many Filipinos will mark the day after the president’s speech as the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos Sr., whom many would call a dictator while others consider him a president. Believing that there was a communist insurgency threat, Marcos enacted martial law on Sept. 21, 1972, until his ousting in 1986 due to the People Power Revolution.
- 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.