Son of Former Philippine Dictator Runs for President

The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted 35 years ago, officially registered his candidacy for president Wednesday (6/10).

Ferdinand Marcos Junior, also known as Bongbong, filed his candidacy certificate in the capital Manila ahead of next year’s presidential election.

The 64-year-old said he would unite Filipinos in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis.

Ferdinand Marcos Junior’s father was ousted in a military-backed “people power” uprising in 1986 and died in exile in Hawaii three years later. He and his family are accused of raising between $5 billion and $10 billion while in power.

Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.  shows his candidacy certificate for the 2022 presidential election at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent, Manila, Philippines, October 6, 2021.

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. shows his candidacy certificate for the 2022 presidential election at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent, Manila, Philippines, October 6, 2021.

Marcos Jr. is the latest to reveal his intention to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcos family.

He is one of at least eight politicians and celebrities who have said they will run for president or lower posts, including Vice President Leni Robredo, who leads the opposition.

Marcos Jr. narrowly lost to Robredo in the 2016 vice presidential election and later failed to sue for alleged electoral irregularities. [ab/uh]

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