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The two rival candidates in the Philippine presidential election exchanged accusations of “cheating and fraud” on Friday, in the final phase of a fierce campaign that is expected to bring the son of former President Ferdinand Marcos to power.
Months after an election campaign, rivals Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Lenny Robredo accused each other of “using deception.”
Polls predict that Marcos Junior, son of the late president and his wife Imelda Marcos, will achieve a landslide victory in the elections scheduled for Monday. Marcos’ campaign called on supporters to “protect his votes” from unspecified attempts at voter fraud.
“We already won,” said Marcus Jr., “Just make sure you protect the two votes, don’t sleep, we all know that when we sleep, a lot of unwanted things happen.”
Marcos’s campaign accused Robredo of being “noxious and divisive” and of being “associated with” shadowy political groups.
Robredo campaigned on the promise to fight political corruption. The vice president, now 57, has attracted strong support from young progressives.
Despite his low popularity in opinion polls, few Filipinos are willing to write off his chances entirely, amid rumors questioning the accuracy of polls that indicate he garnered 23 percent of the vote compared to 56. percent of Mark.
His legal campaign moved Friday to combat potentially damaging rumors about his alliance with the Communist Party.
There were accusations in media allied with Marcos, that the founder of the Communist Party José María Sisón, who lives in exile in the Netherlands, is advising his campaign. In a legal complaint filed with the Public Ministry, Robredo’s spokesman said the accusations were “fabricated” and “false.”
“This is not about a vlogger or an influencer posting criticism on social media,” Barry Gutierrez told reporters. The issue has to do with the media that have weight”.
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