Factbox: Five info about Philippines’ Ferdinand Marcos Jr

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MANILA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The solely son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos filed candidacy papers for subsequent 12 months’s presidential election on Wednesday, providing to be a “unifying” chief to assist deal with the pandemic and financial crises. learn extra

Below are 5 issues to learn about Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

WHO IS FERDINAND MARCOS JR?

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, 64, often known as “Bongbong”, and extra just lately, “BBM”, is the one son of the late dictator who dominated the Philippines for nearly twenty years till he was compelled out of energy by a peaceable common revolt in 1986.

The British-educated youthful Marcos started his over three-decade political profession whereas his father was nonetheless in workplace, and was elected vice governor of their residence province of Ilocos Norte in 1981 and governor in 1983.

Since his household’s return from exile after fleeing the “people power” rebellion, Marcos has been elected Ilocos Norte governor, congressman, and in 2010, as a senator.

He run for vp in 2016, however misplaced by a small margin in a contest he claimed was rigged. He filed a case within the Supreme Court to overturn the outcomes however the judges dominated in opposition to him.

He is married to lawyer Louise Araneta-Marcos, who additionally belongs to an influential household, with whom he has three sons, one in every of whom is working for congress subsequent 12 months.

WHY IS HE RUNNING?

After the Marcoses’ fall from grace, the household has been making an attempt to rebuild its picture and has repeatedly denied allegations that it plundered billions of {dollars} of state wealth whereas in energy, estimated in 1987 to be value $10 billion.

Political analyst Ramon Casiple mentioned this can be the household’s final likelihood to try to return to energy as a result of time shouldn’t be in its favour. Marcos’s widow, Imelda, who’s the formidable drive behind the Marcoses’ political equipment, is 92.

WHAT ARE HIS CHANCES?

Marcos positioned second to President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, within the newest opinion ballot of most well-liked presidential candidates, suggesting he might have a shot on the presidency.

Working to his benefit, political analysts say, is his sturdy social media presence geared toward concentrating on the youth, who make up a 3rd of eligible voters. Many of them weren’t born when Marcos senior was in energy.

The Marcos household is among the many nation’s most well-known dynasties and regardless of its fall from grace, it has retained far-reaching and highly effective political connections, and steadfast assist in its stronghold of Ilocos Norte.

Marcos Jr’s sister is a senator and former governor, and their mom was a four-term congresswoman.

Among others contesting the presidency are newly retired boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and Manila City Mayor Francisco Domagoso, each seen by political observers as additionally sturdy contenders.

ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MARCOS SENIOR

“There are many positive things to talk about from during that time,” Marcos informed Reuters in 2016, when requested about oppression, plunder and failed authorities throughout his father’s rule.

Later governments have documented 75,000 instances of torture, unlawful detention and disappearances in these years. The rule by the senior Marcos and his spouse Imelda has been referred to as a kleptocratic “conjugal dictatorship”.

The authorities has recovered just below a tenth of the wealth that the Marcos household and their associates are accused of plundering. Thousands of victims of torture, harassment, and compelled disappearances throughout Marcos’ have been paid compensation utilizing round $600 million from Marcos Swiss financial institution accounts recovered by the federal government.

During martial regulation, 70,000 individuals have been imprisoned, 34,000 have been tortured, and three,240 have been killed, in keeping with knowledge from Amnesty International.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Marcos filed his candidacy on Wednesday, forward of the Oct. 8 deadline.

Marcos mentioned his celebration had deliberate to undertake President Duterte because the vice presidential working mate. But Duterte didn’t file his candidacy, saying he would retire from politics.

Marcos had been rumoured to be working in tandem with Duterte-Carpio, who nonetheless filed her candidacy on Saturday for one more time period as mayor of the southern metropolis of Davao.

Withdrawals or substitution of presidential candidates are doable till mid-November. In 2015, Duterte made a last-minute change of coronary heart, becoming a member of the presidential race that he gained in 2016 by a large margin.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is surrounded by supporters after filing his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 national election, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez