Philippines: Dictator’s son Bongbong Marcos files candidacy for president 2022

The son and namesake of late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos will file his candidacy for president in next year’s elections on Tuesday, the Philippine Star reported.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, 64, popularly known as “Bongbong”, has been involved in politics since his return in 1991 from exile following his father’s 1986 overthrow, as provincial governor, congressman and senator.

The Star reported the plan on Twitter, citing its correspondent.

His announcement on Tuesday coincided with him assuming the chairmanship of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas party, according to his camp.

Marcos Jr. has yet to say when he will file his certificate of candidacy ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Under the Philippines constitution, the President is limited to a single six-year term.

Along with Marcos Jr., boxing star Manny Pacquiao, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, and Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson have said they will stand to replace Duterte.

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