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The Philippines closes the presidential campaign with the son of the dictator Marcos at the head of the electoral preferences, who according to the latest polls has 56 percent of the support, compared to 23 percent of his closest rival, Leni Robredo, current vice president.

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After three months of electoral campaign that concluded this Saturday, the main candidates for the Presidency of the Philippines appeared before their followers in different acts to request the “last minute” vote of the voters for the elections on Monday, May 9.

Some 65.7 million registered voters locally and 1.69 million abroad will choose the president, vice president and 12 seats in the Senate.

There will also be elections for the 316 seats in the House of Representatives, 81 governors and lieutenant governors, 782 seats in provincial boards, 146 mayors and deputy mayors, 1,650 seats in councils, 1,488 municipalities and 11,908 seats in municipal councils.

Polling stations will open at 6:00 a.m. (10:00 p.m. GMT) and close at 7:00 p.m. (11:00 GMT). The hours have been extended due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to avoid queues and crowds.

In the latest exit polls, the two main candidates for the presidency are in the lead: Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr, son of the dictator and former president Ferdinand Marcos, deposed in a popular revolution; and María Leonor Gerona Robredo, current vice president.

Leni Robredo is the candidate with a progressive image due to her redistributive policies and her closeness to LGTBI groups in a deeply Catholic country.

The main favorite, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, son of the late dictator, leads the polls with a voting intention of more than 50 percent.

Other contenders like the legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao; the mayor of Manila, Francisco Domagoso; and Senator Panfilo Lacson seem ruled out to succeed current President Rodrigo Duterte.

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