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With Marcos Jr. tipped to win, Philippines at tenuous moment

With Marcos Jr. tipped to win, Philippines at tenuous moment

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipinos stood inside lengthy lines to choose a new president Monday, accompanied by the son of an ousted dictator accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a champion of anthropoid rights the top contenders inside a tenuous little while inside a greatly divided Asian democracy.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son accompanied by every one one other accompanied by namesake of the strongman ousted inside a 1986 army-backed "People Power" uprising, held a seemingly insurmountable lead inside pre-election surveys. But his closest challenger, Vice President Leni Robredo, has tapped into shock accompanied by every one one other accompanied by outrage over the likelihood of a Marcos recapturing the seat of ability accompanied by every one one other accompanied by harnessed a web of military operation volunteers to underpin her candidacy.

Eight others are inside the presidential race, including former boxing celestial body Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno accompanied by every one one other accompanied by former national police leader Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

Long lines of voters turned up early across most of the country, accompanied by the begin of voting delayed by a few hours inside a few areas due to malfunctioning ballot machines, ability outages, bad weather accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other problems.

Thousands of police accompanied by every one one other accompanied by military personnel were deployed to firm election precincts, mostly inside rural regions accompanied by a history of brutal political rivalries accompanied by every one one other accompanied by where communist accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Muslim rebels are active. In Maguindanao province, a safety hotspot inside the south, trio village guards were killed by gunmen outer external outside an elections center inside Buluan town, briefly disrupting voting. Nine would-be voters accompanied by every one one other accompanied by their companions were wounded separately Sunday darkness when unidentified men fired five rummage grenades inside the Datu Unsay town hall, police said.

The election winner will lay clasp of office on June 30 for a single, six-year word while leader of a Southeast Asian nation hit firm by place of set of two years of COVID-19 outbreaks accompanied by every one one other accompanied by lockdowns.

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Still additional challenging problems include a pandemic-battered economy, deeper penury accompanied by every one one other accompanied by unemployment accompanied by every one one other accompanied by decades-long Muslim accompanied by every one one other accompanied by communist insurgencies. The following president is excessively probable to hear demands to prosecute outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte for thousands of killings all over his anti-drug crackdown — deaths by that hour dated under investigation by the International Criminal Court.

Duterte's daughter, southern Davao city Mayor Sara Duterte, has topped surveys while Marcos Jr.'s vice-presidential running mate inside an alliance of the scions of place of set of two authoritarian leaders who exist concerning anthropoid rights groups. The tie-up has combined the voting ability of their separate northern accompanied by every one one other accompanied by southern political strongholds, boosting their chances nevertheless compounding worries of anthropoid rights activists.

"History may repeat itself if they win," said Myles Sanchez, a 42-year-old anthropoid rights worker. "There may exist a repeat of martial rules with every one other accompanied by regulations accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the medicine killings that happened under their parents."

Sanchez said the violence accompanied by every one one other accompanied by abuses that marked the martial-law epoch under Marcos accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Duterte's medicine war additional than trio decades subsequent victimized loved ones from place of set of two generations of her family. Her grandmother was sexually abused accompanied by every one one other accompanied by her grandad tortured by counterinsurgency troops under Marcos inside the early 1980s inside their impoverished agriculture village inside Southern Leyte province.

Under Duterte's crackdown, Sanchez's brother, a feminine sibling accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a sister-in-law were wrongfully linked to unlawful drugs accompanied by every one one other accompanied by separately killed, she told The Associated Press inside an interview. She described the killings of her siblings while "a nightmare that has caused unspeakable pain."

She begged Filipinos not to ballot for politicians who either publicly defended the widespread killings or conveniently looked away.

Marcos Jr. accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Sara Duterte have avoided such volatile issues inside the military operation accompanied by every one one other accompanied by steadfastly stuck while an different to a battle cry of national unity, flat though their fathers' presidencies opened some of the Philippines' most turbulent divisions.

"I have learned inside our military operation not to retaliate," Sara Duterte told followers Saturday darkness on the final day of campaigning, where she accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Marcos Jr. thanked a enormous crowd inside a darkness of rap music, trip shows accompanied by every one one other accompanied by fireworks near Manila Bay.

At her own rally, Robredo thanked her supporters who jammed her star-studded sorties accompanied by every one one other accompanied by waged a house-to-house battle to endorse her build of clean accompanied by every one one other accompanied by hands-on politics. She asked them to fight for patriotic ideals on the a lengthy way side of the elections.

"We've learned that those who have awoken will never near their eyes again," Robredo told a crowd that filled the main avenue inside the capital's Makati monetary district. "It's our fair to have a future accompanied by dignity accompanied by every one one other accompanied by it's our duty to fight for it."

Aside from the presidency, additional than 18,000 management posts are actuality contested, including fifty per cent of of the 24-member Senate, additional than 300 seats inside the House of Representatives, while well while provincial accompanied by every one one other accompanied by local offices across the archipelago of additional than 109 million Filipinos.

More than 67 million people have registered, including concerning 1.6 million Filipinos overseas, to cast their ballot. When voting centers near following the 13-hour day, thousands of counting machines will unswerving away transmit the results to exist tallied. In the 2016 contest, Duterte emerged while the understandable winner within a few hours accompanied by every one one other accompanied by his answer challengers fast conceded. The vice presidential competition that year was won narrowly by Robredo over Marcos Jr., accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the consequence was slower to become known.

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Associated Press journalists Joeal Calupitan, Aaron Favila accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Cecilia Forbes inside Manila, Philippines, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Kiko Rosario inside Bangkok contributed to this report.

With Marcos Jr. tipped to win, Philippines at tenuous moment

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