Philippines: Marcos fils announces run for president

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator, has announced that he will run for president in next year’s elections, entering an already crowded race and upending an expected alliance with the ruling party’s candidate. Marcos, who lost his bid for vice president in 2016, said in a statement on Tuesday that he ‘will bring that form of unifying leadership back to our country,’ discounting memories of his father’s divisive legacy. … Popularly known as ‘Bongbong,’ Marcos had been touted as a potential candidate for either the presidency or the vice presidency, having been involved in politics since his return in 1991 from exile following his father’s overthrow in 1986.” (10/05/21)