Manila, Philippines-Ferdinand Marcos Jr. declares President-elect of the Philippines at a joint session on Wednesday following a landslide election victory 36 years after his dictator’s father was banished in a democratic uprising. bottom.
The Senate and the House of Representatives also declared that his separately elected Vice President’s running mate Sarah Zimmermann had won significantly. She is the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, whose six-year term ends on June 30.
With his 92-year-old mother, Imelda Marcos, his wife, family, and brothers beside him, Marcos Jr.’s hands are the Speaker of the Senate and the House of Representatives in a plenary hall adorned with a giant Filipino flag for applause. Raised by the chair. Audience including diplomats.
“I’m humble,” he later told reporters. “I thank our people and beyond that I promise you that we may not be perfect, but we always strive for perfection.”
“I pray for all of you, I wish you good luck. If the president goes well, the country will go well, so I want to do it well.”
Marcos Jr., a 64-year-old former governor, member of the House of Representatives, and senator, defended his legacy by refusing to admit or apologize for massive human rights violations and looting under his father’s control.
When they take office, Marcos Jr. and Sarah Zimmermann could face demands to prosecute their father for the killings of thousands of almost poor suspects under his long-standing crackdown on illegal drugs. The dead are currently under investigation by the International Criminal Court.
Of the more than 55 million votes cast in the election, Marcos Jr. received more than 31 million votes and Sarah Zimmermann received more than 32 million votes. This was the president’s majority victory in Asian democracy for the first time in decades.
During the campaign, they avoided controversial issues and focused on the call for national unity, but their father’s president opened some of the most volatile sectors of the country’s history. .. Marcos Jr. appealed to be judged “by my actions, not by my ancestors.”
Senator Imee Marcos, her sister, thanked those who voted for him after she described her as “ridiculous and oppressive” for decades.
“We are very grateful for the second chance,” she told reporters before the proclamation. “Our family has experienced a lot and since 1986 we have faced all sorts of incidents, ridicule and oppression for nearly 40 years.”
At Marcos Jr.’s Campaign Headquarters, supporters waved the Philippine flag to flash the sign of victory and held a streamer to congratulate him and Sarah Zimmermann.
Still, both have been plagued by their father’s reputation.
The riot police used water cannons and shields to prevent hundreds of activists from marching to Congress to oppose Wednesday’s declaration, injuring at least 14 protesters, left-wing group Bayan said. rice field.
“Ferdinand Sr. has afflicted many, many have been killed, many are still missing. There is no justice in their families. Many were hungry, but it was in Duterte’s time. Was the same, “said protester Mimi Domingo.
Last week, human rights activists filed a petition with the Supreme Court for Marcos Jr.’s eligibility, citing Marcos Jr.’s past tax convictions. They asked the court to block his proclamation, but no such order was issued. The complaint was previously dismissed by the Election Commission.
His father, largely deprived of power by the peaceful “People Power” uprising in 1986, went into exile in Hawaii in 1989, with an estimated $ 5 to $ 10 billion for him, his family, and colleagues. He died without admitting cheating, including accusations of collecting. He was in power.
A Hawaiian court later found him responsible for human rights abuses and to compensate more than 9,000 Filipinos who filed proceedings against him for torture, imprisonment, extrajudicial killings, and disappearances. Awarded $ 2 billion from the property of.
Imelda Marcos and her children were allowed to return to the Philippines in 1991 and worked on a spectacular political revival, helped by a well-funded social media campaign to rename the family.
Along the main streets of Metro Manila, democratic shrines and monuments built after the fall of Marcos stand out. The anniversary of his expulsion is celebrated each year as a special national holiday, and there is still a presidential committee that has worked for decades to regain unfortunate wealth.
Marcos Jr. does not explain how he deals with such rest of the past.
“What about all the monuments that commemorate all the lost lives? What about all the monuments that celebrate our collective victory?” Last month, he took power in the country’s poverty. Asked Filipino artist Pio Abad, who held an art exhibition focusing on the extravagant lifestyle of Marcos.
“History is at stake, which is probably one of the greatest dangers to me,” said Abbado, whose father was detained after the dictator imposed martial law in 1972. Said.