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Election Observer Alleges ‘Irregularities’ as Former Dictator’s Son Headed for Landslide Win

A Philippine election watchdog comprised of volunteer lawyers and law students said it observed “persistent election offenses and irregularities” as the country voted to elect a new president on May 9. The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) reported malfunctioning voting machines across the country, as social media users reported long wait times and machines not working. Footage posted to Facebook by local resident Denise Nicole Tolentino shows voters in Quezon City chanting inside a packed polling station which had reported issues with voting machines. On May 10, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the Manila, police said. According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, protesters were calling for honest elections and alleged that the commission was unprepared. Initial results showed Ferdinand Marcos Jr, son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was set to win the presidential election with more than 30.9 million votes as of Tuesday afternoon. Comelec “brushed aside” allegations that voting machines were “rigged in favor of the presumptive winner of the presidential race, dictator’s son Ferdinand Marcos Jr,” Rappler said on May 10. Credit: Denise Nicole Tolentino via Storyful

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