Presidential frontrunner and former senator, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., graces the stage during a campaign rally in San Fernando, Pampanga, April 30, 2022.
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04:04 - Source: CNN
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Polls closed on Monday in a pivotal election in the Philippines that could see the son of a late dictator elected to the country’s highest office.

About 65.7 million registered voters across the country cast their ballots to replace populist leader Rodrigo Duterte, who steps down after six years.

For the presidency, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr is facing off against Leni Robredo – currently the vice president – and eight other candidates, including former boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Manila mayor and former actor Isko Moreno.

Voters are also deciding the vice presidency – in a separate race from the presidency – and 18,000 other positions including senators and local representatives.

Before voting began on Monday, opinion polls had Marcos Jr, known in the Philippines as Bongbong, as a clear frontrunner ahead of closest rival Robredo.

Rising living costs and tackling corruption are among the issues the candidates have campaigned on.

Nicolas Saban, who cast his vote in Manila, said this election is a chance for “peace.”

“Our situation is not good now, the prices of goods are too high. Maybe the next leader wi