December 9, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Biden, Xi, and the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines have congratulated Marcos Jr.
  • Protests are erupting outdoors Comelec places of work since Tuesday to name out alleged election fraud
  • Marcos Jr. is predicted to be inaugurated on June 30

World leaders have began sending their congratulatory messages to the presumptive new president of the Philippines, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., as protests in opposition to the outcomes of the Might 9 elections erupted in some components of the nation. U.S. President Joe Biden joined the primary group of world leaders to acknowledge the victory of Marcos Jr.

Talking to the Related Press, Philippine Ambassador to the US, Jose Manuel Romualdez, stated Biden known as Marcos Jr. Thursday to congratulate him on the landslide victory throughout Monday’s native and nationwide elections. “President Biden informed him Washington is trying ahead to working with him and cited the shared historical past of the longtime treaty allies,” Romualdez stated.

In a statement concerning the decision between the 2 leaders, the White Home stated Biden informed Marcos Jr. that he was trying ahead to increasing cooperation on varied points, “together with the struggle in opposition to COVID-19, addressing the local weather disaster, selling broad-based financial progress, and respect for human rights.”

Marcos Jr., in response to the White Home, invited Biden to his impending inauguration because the 17th President of the Philippines set for June 30, native information outlet ANC reported.

China’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs additionally confirmed that Chinese language President Xi Jinping despatched a congratulatory message to Marcos Jr. on Tuesday. In keeping with the ministry’s assertion, Xi stated he attaches “nice significance to the event of China-Philippines relations and stand prepared to ascertain sound working relations with President-elect Marcos.”

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian himself paid a visit to Marcos Jr. handy him China’s congratulatory word.

Additionally, on Tuesday, the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, took to Twitter to congratulate Marcos Jr., whose father, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., was ousted from the presidency throughout the historic Philippine Individuals Energy Revolution in 1986.

The Japanese Ambassador said he is “honored to have witnessed first-hand this incredible exercise of democracy,” adding that he is looking forward “to working with the new administration.”

Meanwhile, protests erupted in different parts of the country since the Commission on Elections (Comelec) released partial, unofficial results that saw Marcos Jr. grabbing a landslide victory with more than 31 million votes out of 98.35% of election returns transmitted. A number of retailers reported defective vote-counting machines, energy outages, and lengthy queues on election day, triggering requires transparency and accountability from Comelec.

On Friday morning, thousands of protesters marched to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, Metro Manila, where the canvassing of 2022 election votes is being held, the local outlet Manila Bulletin reported. Photos from the scene confirmed rallying teams and people holding up placards and tarpaulins calling for the rejection of election outcomes. Members of the Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) and Philippine Air Drive (PAF) carrying helmets and protecting gear stood to type a human fence in entrance of the protesters.

A separate group of protesters gathered in entrance of the Harbor Sq. at CCP Complicated to name out Comelec for allegedly failing to make sure the transparency and accuracy of votes. In a video shared by Bloomberg, protesters may be heard yelling “by no means once more,” a time period that has lengthy been utilized by anti-Marcos teams to reject an administration headed by somebody from the household.

Earlier this week, college students and varied teams already took to the streets to reject what they stated had been “doubtful election outcomes,” native journalist Jervis Manahan tweeted. The identical day, protesters from totally different teams additionally stood with placards and flags representing their organizations in entrance of the Comelec essential workplace at Intramuros. Videos from the demonstrations confirmed some placards that learn, “Reject Marcos-Duterte!”

In Baguio City, a couple of hundred demonstrators gathered in entrance of the Comelec workplace Tuesday “to protest electoral fraud and disenfranchisement throughout the Might 9 polls,” native outlet Rappler reported.

The PNP revealed that there have been 3 deaths in 6 shootings throughout totally different areas throughout the Philippine election interval, CNN Philippines reported. PNP Officer-in-Cost Lt. Normal Vicente Danao stated the numbers had been considerably decrease in comparison with deaths throughout the 2016 election interval.

Marcos Jr. and his family fled into exile more than three decades ago after his father led the country under a dictatorship from 1965 via 1986 that was marred with worldwide requires a human rights probe over alleged extrajudicial killings throughout the Marcos Martial Regulation regime, BBC reported.

When the Marcos household was exiled, Marcos Jr. was 28. He’s now 64 and stated in an announcement via his spokesperson Tuesday that he guarantees “to be a president for all Filipinos.” He additionally requested the folks to “decide me not by my ancestors, however by my actions.”

Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, greets his supporters at his headquarters in Mandaluyong Metropolis, Metro Manila, Philippines, Might 11, 2022. Photograph: Reuters / LISA MARIE DAVID

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