Philippine presidential election, 1986

Philippine presidential election, 1986

Infobox Election
election_name = Philippine presidential election, 1986
country = Philippines
type = presidential
ongoing = no
previous_election = Philippine parliamentary election, 1984
previous_year = 1984
next_election = Philippine legislative election, 1987
next_year = 1987
election_date = February 7, 1986

nominee1 = Corazon Aquino
party1 = United Nationalists Democratic Organizations
running_mate1 = Salvador Laurel
popular_vote1 = "9,291,761"
percentage1 = "46.10%"
(Election returns nulliified)

nominee2 = Ferdinand Marcos
party2 = Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
running_mate2 = Arturo Tolentino
popular_vote2 = "10,807,197"
percentage2 = "53.62%"
(Election returns nulliified)

title = President
before_election = Ferdinand Marcos
before_colour = FF0000
after_election = Corazon Aquino
after_colour = FF0000
before_party = Kilusang Bagong Lipunan
after_party = United Nationalists Democratic Organizations
The Presidential and Vice-Presidential snap elections were held on February 7, 1986 in the Philippines. President Ferdinand E. Marcos and former Foreign Affairs Minister and Senate President Arturo Tolentino were proclaimed winners by the Batasang Pambansa as well as the official election canvasser, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) thus granting President Marcos another six-year term as President of the Philippines. The electoral exercise was marred by alleged electoral fraud from both sides of the political fence as well as violence. Marcos and Tolentino won by over a million votes according to the COMELEC. The opposition headed by Sen. Benigno Aquino, Jr.'s widow Corazon C. Aquino and former senator Salvador Laurel refused to accept the allegedly fraudulent result. Due to the reports of fraud, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a statement condemning the elections, the United States Senate passed a resolution stating the same. This chain of events eventually led to the resignation of Marcos' Defence Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and military vice-chief Fidel Ramos, who then decided to seclude themselves in the military and police headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo and Camp Crame respectively, leading to the People Power Revolution which precipitated Marcos's departure from the country into exile in Hawaii. On March 24, 1986, the Regular Batasang Pambansa made a "people's resolution" sign by 150 lawmakers which nullified the election returns that proclaimed that Marcos and Tolentino as the winners. Instead, it mandated that Aquino and Laurel were the real winners of the snap elections.



Final Official Parliamentary Canvass (Nullified on March 24, 1986)


Events after the elections


The COMELEC final tally showed that Marcos won by twice Aquino's margin in the NAMFREL tally (roughly 1.6 million), and also had Tolentino winning over Laurel. This alleged fraudulent outcome would eventually lead to the People Power Revolution which ousted President Ferdinand Marcos and installed Corazon Aquino as president. It only changed when the Regular Batasang Pambansa declared on March 24, 1986 that Aquino and Laurel won the elections and admitted that Marcos's lawmakers that they tampered the official COMELEC Canvass at the PICC and the Batasang Pambansa to make sure Marcos and Tolentino won the elections.

ee also

*Commission on Elections
*Politics of the Philippines
*Philippine elections
*President of the Philippines

External links

* [ The Philippine Presidency Project]
* [ Official website of the Commission on Elections]

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