MANILA, Philippines – It was a historic Monday for the Philippines as an estimated 65.7 million Filipinos went to the polls today to choose President Rodrigo Duterte’s successor and other important positions in the country.
Leading the presidential race is Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., popularly known as Bongbong, son of the disgraced dictator who committed atrocities against the Filipino people.
Despite a nearly four billion dollar tax evasion case and no political record other than being the son of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, Bongbong Marcos has gained plenty of support.
Political analyst lawyer Winnie Salumbides attributes this to a culture of dynasty and a jaded conception of justice.
He told CBN News, “How are people going to take the law seriously if these convicted looters don’t go to jail? But instead, we see them having the nerve or the temerity to run for public office. . So for people who are probably in the vantage point and viewers, probably, they would start to think that it’s all just politics rather than real genuine condemnation for crimes and atrocities.”
Analysts also believe that Marcos benefits from his running mate, Sara Duterte, daughter of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.
Marcos’ main opponent, current Vice President Leni Robredo, entered politics in 2013 after the death of her husband, a popular politician, in a plane crash. She and other candidates, including retired boxing champion Senator Manny Pacquiao, have pledged to tackle issues including corruption, poverty, the COVID pandemic and China’s aggression. in the South China Sea.
The results of the elections will be known in a few days. The churches here are praying that the new group of leaders will be God’s chosen ones who have a real love for the nation. Believers ask God for leaders who will use their God-given abilities to serve the people and honor God in the positions they have been called to serve.