The world on Monday watched as Filipinos elect a new president, with former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in the lead and Vice President Leni Robredo seeking to pull off a come from behind win.
The only son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. is poised to headed for a majority win, according to surveys, restoring his family in Malacanang 36 years after a popular revolt forced them into exile.
Vice President Robredo is seeking a victory backed by a volunteer-driven campaign that has turned social media feeds and streets pink.
Some 67.5 million Filipinos are registered to cast their votes nationwide, with roughly 1.7 million Overseas Filipinos Workers registered to vote remotely in a historic pandemic elections. Gen Z voters and first-time voters can cast their votes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Here's a glance at foreign press coverage of the 2022 Philippine elections:
The news channel headquartered in Qatar said "there are 10 candidates vying to replace Rodrigo Duterte as president, but only two really matter," calling the Robredo-Marcos rivalry a "good versus evil campaign."
"That a Marcos could once again take power is almost unthinkable to people still scarred by torture and the death of their relatives, but polls suggest Marcos Jr will win -- and by a considerable margin," CNN said.
"While a grassroots movement has recently galvanized around [Robredo], analysts say Marcos Jr's push for the presidency is the culmination of a decades-old rebranding campaign to revive the Marcos family's name and image," it added.
International news agency Reuters said a "prospect of Marcos revival looms" 36 years after the People Power Revolution ousted the political family.