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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted Filipino dictator, declared victory in this week’s presidential elections on Wednesday and faced early calls to ensure respect for human rights. man, the rule of law and democracy.
Marcos Jr. garnered more than 31 million votes in an unofficial Monday poll tally in what is expected to be one of the strongest terms for a Philippine president in decades. His vice-presidential running mate, Sara Duterte, also appears to have won by a landslide victory.