ELECTIONS 2022: Marcos urges voter turnout to stop votes 'to be stolen from us again'

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Presidential hopeful Ferdinand Marcos Jr in red shirt holding a mic speaking before the crowd at his campaign rally.
Presidential hopeful, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator, gestures as he greets the crowd during a campaign rally in Quezon City, Philippines on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Campaigning in the Philippines' presidential election continues with a cast of candidates led by a late dictator's son and the pro-democracy current vice president, with all vowing to bail out a country driven deeper into poverty by the pandemic and plagued by gaping inequalities and decades-long insurgencies. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Days before the Philippines chooses its next president, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has urged Filipino voters to choose a unifying leader and to guard the votes.

In a video released Tuesday (May 3) night, the son of the late dictator called on Filipinos to exercise their right to vote as it is their "sacred responsibility" to do so, according to CNN Philippines.

"Talikuran na natin ang hindi pagkakaunawaan at ang pagkakahati-hati at tangkilikin na natin ang mapagkaisang lider na maghahatid sa atin ng mas maunlad na bukas." (Turn our back on misunderstanding and divisiveness and support a unifying leader who will deliver us to a prosperous tomorrow.)

He added, "Sa darating na Mayo a-nueve ay kailangan din po tayong maging mapagbantay sa ating mga boto. Protektahan po natin ang ating naging desisyon at 'wag po nating hayaang ito'y muling nakawin sa atin." (In the upcoming May 9 polls, we have to guard our votes. Let us protect our decision and let us not allow it to be stolen from us again.)

The 64-year-old retained a healthy lead n the final Pulse Asia survey, with a 56% voter preference. Vice President Leni Robredo is polling a dustant second with 23%.

In 2016, he lost to Robredo in the 2016 vice presidential race by more than 260,000 votes. Despite Marcos' claims of cheating, the Supreme Court in 2021 dismissed his electoral protest for “lack of merit.”

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