Cari amici, è iniziato il conto alla rovescia per la corsa alla presidenza delle Filippine. Il presidente Rodrigo Duterte, oggi parte di un’indagine sulla dura politica di “guerra alla droga” durante il suo mandato, non potrà ricandidarsi. Si presenta un nuovo scenario politico per le Filippine. Sono tanti i candidati alla guida del Paese. Parliamo di donne :tra i candidati alla vicepresidenza c’è Inday Sara Duterte, figlia del presidente uscente,molto sensibile alle tematiche ambientali, impegnata nelle poltiche sociali. Un’altra figura femminile è Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo, avvocata e 14esima vicepresidente del mio Paese. Il suo impegno politico è il programma anti-povertà. Sarà lei alla guida del Paese, magari lavorando con Sara Duterte? Entrambe si battono per l’emancipazione delle donne e l’eliminazione delle differenze di genere. Staremo a vedere!

Like the speed of surge in new COVID-19 cases due to the spread of the Omicron variant in the Philippines, the noise of the upcoming 2022 national elections goes full steam ahead after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) revealed the final list of candidates.

The 2022 Philippine Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections are scheduled to be held on Monday, May 9, 2022, as part of the 2022 general election. This will be the 17th direct presidential election and 16th vice presidential election in the Philippines since 1935, and the sixth sextennial presidential and vice presidential election since 1992.

Incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte is ineligible for re-election as he is limited to a single term, under the 1987 Philippine Constitution. The position of president and vice president are elected separately; the two winning candidates could thus come from different political parties.

Ten presidentiables, 9 vice presidentiables, 64 senatoriables. All of them are wooing the 65.7 million Filipino electorate to grant them power to lead. Of this number, more than 1.6 million are overseas Filipinos, who will ink their ballots from April 10 until May 9.

Those in the running for the country’s highest position include incumbent Vice President Leni Robredo; former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.; Manila Mayor Isko Moreno; incumbent senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson; incumbent senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao; Leody de Guzman; Ernesto Abella; Norberto Gonzales; Faisal Mangondato; and Jose Montemayor Jr.

For the vice presidency, candidates include Senator Kiko Pangilinan; Senate President Tito Sotto; Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte; Buhay Representative Lito Atienza; Dr. Willie Ong; former congressman Walden Bello; as well as Rizalito David; Manny Lopez; and Carlos Serapio.

Of the total voting public, about 52 percent of registered voters, or 32.2 million, are between the ages of 31 and 59; 33 percent, or 20.4 million, are between the ages of 18 and 30, and 14 percent, or 9.1 million, are 60 and up. Calabarzon has the most registered voters for next year’s elections, with 9,193,096, followed by Metro Manila with 7,322,361 and Central Luzon with 7,289,791.

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