Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has won the Philippines presidential election, local media reported Monday, citing early results.
Marcos, heir to the late Ferdinand Marcos political dynasty, which ruled the Philippines for more than 30 years, got more than 29.6 million votes at the last tally, with closest rival Leni Robredo far behind with 14.1 million, reports The Manila Times.
He thanked the supporters who helped him over the last six months.
“Any effort of this magnitude does not involve (only) one person,” Marcos said in his first public remarks after the preliminary results.
“It involves very, very many people working in very, very different ways, and to all of them, I’m grateful.”
A record 67 million Filipinos registered to vote in the general election, also voting for local legislators, senators and administrators, along with the president and vice president.
Counting of ballots begins as soon as polling stations close on Monday.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s six-year term is now coming to an end.
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