The Philippines is set to go to the polls on May 9 to elect the president and vice-president. According to opinion polls, presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr and his running mate Sara Duterte are currently enjoying a comfortable lead over their opponents. Many observers have expressed the fear that a Marcos-Duterte regime will continue the weakening of institutions that began during Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency.
Explained: What these elections mean for democracy in the Philippines
The landmark election in the Philippines on May 9 will be crucial for the country. We look at the key candidates, their platforms, and the implication of the election on democracy in the country