The son of the Philippines’ late dictator Ferdinand Marcos has filed his certificate of candidacy for president on Oct. 6 for the 2022 election.
Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. — popularly known as Bongbong — announced a day earlier that he was running for president in a video broadcast on Facebook, claiming that he will bring “unifying leadership” to the Southeast Asian country.
Opponents condemned Marcos Jr.’s presidential candidacy, saying that the move was an affront to the thousands of victims of his father’s regime.
Marcos declared martial law and ruled the Philippines for 20 years, which saw widespread extrajudicial killings and torture, until he was overthrown in 1986.
“Not only does it add salt into the wounds, but it’s also an outright attempt to absolve and erase all the sins made by the late President Marcos and his family during the Martial Law years as if nothing happened,” Neri Colmenares, chairperson of the Bayan Muna political party and a political prisoner under the late dictator, said, according to local news website Rappler.
However, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey, Marcos Jr. ranked second on the preference of Filipinos for possible presidential bets, coming after Sara Duterte, the daughter of current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
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