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Rabu, 06 Oktober 2021

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, son of Philippines dictator, confirms presidential run, sparking protests - ABC News

The son of late Philippines strongman Ferdinand Marcos says he will run for president, stirring anger among victims of his father's brutal era of martial law.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the only son of the late dictator who ruled the Philippines for almost two decades until his 1986 overthrow, said he was offering a "unifying" brand of leadership that could heal the country after its COVID-19 crisis.

"Join me in this noblest of causes and we will succeed," Mr Marcos Jr, a long-time politician popularly known as Bongbong, and more recently BBM, said in a three-minute speech streamed on social media.

"If we have learned anything in this time of COVID pandemic, it is that each of us, no matter our station, is in need of the help of our fellow Filipinos."

Mr Marcos Jr is the fourth politician, including boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, to confirm their intention to run to succeed Rodrigo Duterte, who cannot seek re-election.

A two-headed effigy depicting Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos Jr is burned in the streets by protesters holding photos.
Effigies depicting outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos Jr were burned after the latter announced his candidacy.(

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The political career of Mr Marcos Jr, 64, has spanned three decades — as provincial governor, congressman and senator — since his family's return from exile after fleeing a 1986 "people power" uprising.

His father died in Hawaii three years after he was ousted.

The Marcos family is among the country's most famous dynasties and despite its fall from grace, it has retained far-reaching and powerful political connections.

Mr Marcos Jr's sister is a senator and former governor and their 92-year-old mother, Imelda, famous for her vast shoe collection, was a four-term congresswoman.

One relative is the current ambassador to the United States, another is a high-profile politican.

'BBM is spitting on the graves of the dead'

Widow kisses glass coffin of embalmed body of Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Marcos Sr remained unburied for decades after his death.(

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Mr Marcos Jr's family has long sought to rebuild its image and has repeatedly denied allegations it plundered billions of dollars of state wealth while in power.

A presidential run would be a big step in a country of 110 million people where many are still haunted by abuses that took place during martial law under Mr Marcos Sr.

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"BBM is spitting on the graves of the dead and on the faces of the victims of the Marcos dictatorship," said Judy Taguiwalo, who represents a group of victims of abuses under martial law.

Human rights group Karapatan vowed to thwart his efforts to return the family to power and urged "all freedom-loving Filipinos to join us in standing for truth and justice".

Rodel Taton, dean of San Sebastian Law school, said Mr Marcos jr had a good chance of winning power, given his popularity among young Filipinos, his family's social media power and its steadfast support in its stronghold of Ilocos Norte.

But he acknowledged the Philippines might not be ready for another Marcos presidency.

Protestors carry a sign
Protesters hit the streets when Ferdinand Marcos Sr was given a hero's funeral in 2016 by President Rodrigo Duterte.(

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"The country is beset with many issues and problems. A new face, someone who has no attachments and personal burdens, is better," he said.

Mr Marcos Jr placed second to Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of the current president, in the latest survey of preferred candidates to succeed him. And there has been speculation they could run on the same ticket.

The Marcoses and Dutertes have been closely allied, shown recently when the President decided to grant the family its request to bury the body of the former leader in the Heroes' Cemetery, defying strong opposition from anti-dictatorship groups.

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