Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Enters Philippine Presidential Race

MANILA — The son and namesake of the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos formally introduced his plan to run for president of the Philippines on Tuesday, greater than three many years after a well-liked rebellion toppled his father’s brutal regime and restored democracy to the nation.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. joins the previous boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and Francisco Domagoso, the mayor of Manila, in searching for the presidency in subsequent 12 months’s election. Leni Robredo, the vp, and Sara Duterte-Carpio, the mayor of Davao Metropolis and daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, are additionally anticipated to enter the race.

Mr. Marcos Jr., 64, as soon as served as a governor and a senator. He misplaced his bid as vp to Ms. Robredo in 2016, and sought to overturn that vote by accusing her of dishonest. In his announcement on Tuesday, Mr. Marcos Jr. stated he would give attention to serving to the general public overcome the coronavirus pandemic, and vowed to raise the financial system out of disaster.

“That’s the reason I’m saying right here at this time my intention to run for the presidency of the Philippines within the coming Might 2022 elections,” Mr. Marcos Jr. stated. “I’ll carry that type of unifying management again to our nation. Be part of me on this noblest of causes and we are going to succeed.”

He additionally took an oath as a member of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, the political get together he could be representing within the election. The get together based by his father, the New Society Motion, additionally lately endorsed him as a candidate.

Ferdinand Marcos dominated the nation with an iron fist for twenty years. He was defeated by a well-liked rebellion in 1986 and went into exile in Hawaii, the place he died three years later. He was accused of stealing as much as $10 billion from state coffers and leaving 1000’s of activists lifeless or lacking.

His widow, Imelda R. Marcos, and youngsters had been later allowed to return to the Philippines, the place they labored to rehabilitate the household identify. Mrs. Marcos was discovered responsible of corruption in 2018, however has eluded jail time.

Mr. Duterte, who introduced his retirement final week, usually publicly thanked the Marcos household for backing his candidacy within the 2016 presidential election. Simply months into workplace, he allowed the dictator’s stays to be transferred to a nationwide cemetery in Manila.

Judy Taguiwalo, an activist with the Marketing campaign In opposition to the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Regulation, stated the announcement from Mr. Marcos Jr. was a “brazen present of disregard and contempt for the 1000’s of Filipinos killed, disappeared, tortured, displaced and violated” throughout his father’s brutal regime.

“Bongbong Marcos and his household have lengthy been searching for to reclaim the very best seat of energy after they had been kicked in another country by the folks,” she stated, referring to Mr. Marcos Jr. by his nickname, “and at this time, their shameless gall to return to the very best workplace in authorities is in full show.”

Mr. Marcos Jr., she stated, was “spitting on the graves of the lifeless.”

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