Key Candidates In The Philippine Elections


Tens of millions of Filipinos go to the polls on 9 May to pick a successor to President Rodrigo Duterte and separately elect a vice president.

Voter surveys show the son and namesake of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos is on the verge of victory in the crowded presidential race of 10 contenders.

His running-mate and first daughter Sara Duterte leads the pack of nine vice presidential hopefuls.

The following are the top contenders:

Ferdinand Marcos Jr 

Ferdinand Marcos Junior, nicknamed “Bongbong”, is the favourite to win the presidency, capping a stunning comeback for the controversial family.

The 64-year-old’s popularity has been driven by a massive social media misinformation campaign targeting a mostly young electorate with no memory of the torture, killings and other abuses committed during his father’s rule.

Marcos Jr has also drawn support from his formidable alliance with Sara Duterte, the backing of other powerful dynasties and the family’s…

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