The Philippine Congress officially proclaimed Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator, as the next president after winning a landslide victory in the election.
Marcos Jr. will formally take office next month after securing over 31.6 million votes or 58.77% of the ballots cast, according to a final tally.
Marcos Jr. will be inaugurated on June 30.
Human rights groups raised fears that Marcos Jr. may seek to rule like his father.
Marcos Jr.’s victory followed a disinformation campaign on social media that whitewashed his family’s past and glorified the brutal regime of his father, who presided over human rights abuses and plundered $10 billion.
Marcos Jr. has not acknowledged or apologized for the abuses during his father’s regime, which he has portrayed as a golden era for the Philippines.
“I promise you, we may not be perfect, but we will always but we will always strive for perfection,” Marcos Jr. said after the proclamation.
Marcos Jr.’s sister, Imee, who is a senator, told CNN Philippines that she believed her family now has the chance to “clarify” the legacy of her dictator father.
“What’s most important to us is, of course, our name, the family name that has become so controversial, and so difficult at times to bear,” Imee said.
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