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Marcos’ allies take over the Philippines Congress after electoral victory

An ally of the Philippines’ next president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., is set to dominate both houses of Congress after the late dictator son’s clear electoral victory restored his family to the seat of power.

The ongoing count from Monday’s vote shows he is set to capture half of the 300-seat House of Representatives and the 24-seat Senate, and his top leadership is likely.

Their family members and siblings have also been declared winners of local positions, reflecting the political dynasties’ strong hold on Southeast Asian democracy despite a constitutional prohibition that was never enforced.

“It’s going to be problematic because a democracy requires a lot of opposition,” said Jean Franco, a professor of political science at the Philippines’ state-run university.

The electoral victory of Mr. Marcos Jr. and his allies is a stunning reversal of the military-backed but largely peaceful “People Power” uprising in 1986 that forced his father out of office after years of massive human rights atrocities and looting , which his son never accepted. ,

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. got over 31 million votes., Associated Press: Aaron Favila,

In what is estimated to be one of the strongest majority mandates for a Philippine president in decades, Mr Marcos Jr. had more than 31 million votes by an unofficial count.

His vice-presidential running mate and daughter of outgoing populist leader Sarah Duterte also won by a large margin.

‘It’s like a storm’

US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping were among world leaders who have congratulated them for their massive victory and the relatively smooth conduct of elections.

The separately elected president and vice-president are set to assume office on June 30 for a single, six-year term after Congress confirms the results.

Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos fans in Philippines election
The Left opposition faction is likely to be reduced even further.,Reuters: Aloisa Lopez,

Left-wing House Representative Carlos Zarate, whose nine-year term ends in June, told The Associated Press, “It’s like a hurricane, a tsunami in Congress for the opposition.”

“The challenge for the broader opposition is not to accept, but to suppress the fight wherever it is for good governance, accountability and democracy.”

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