Philippines rights teams denounce presidential bid by Marcos

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MANILA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Philippines human rights teams staged protests on Wednesday to denounce an try by the son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to return his household to energy by vying for the presidency.

Marcos, accompanied by spouse and two sons, filed his candidacy for presidential elections in 2022, additional shaking up an already polarised political panorama.

“The Marcoses remain scot-free from jail, they haven’t returned all the money that they got from the nation’s coffers, and now they are making a comeback for the highest position in the land, that is just plain, shameless gall,” mentioned Cristina Palabay of rights group Karapatan.

The Marcos household has lengthy sought to rebuild its picture and has repeatedly denied allegations that it plundered state wealth whereas in energy, estimated in 1987 at $10 billion.

As the third contestant to enroll in the May 2022 presidential polls, Marcos, popularly often known as “Bongbong” and extra lately as “BBM”, repeated he can be a “unifying” chief to assist the Philippines sort out the pandemic and financial crises.

“Despite being at the centre of decades-long hate campaigns and protests, the family has always respected their right to voice their sentiments and will continue to do so,” Marcos’s chief of workers Victor Rodriguez mentioned in a press release.

Marcos senior was chased from workplace in a individuals’s energy revolt in 1986 and died in exile in Hawaii three years later. The Marcos household returned to the Philippines within the Nineties and have become highly effective politicians representing their dwelling province of Ilocos Norte.

Ahead of the youthful Marcos’s candidacy submitting, protesters rallied exterior the Commission on Human Rights constructing in Manila, some burning photos of the late ruler, as they vowed to dam his efforts to return the household to energy.

“We know that the Marcoses have long wanted to return to Malacañang (presidential palace) to rearrange history,” human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares advised CNN Philippines.

Bongbong Marcos ran for vp in 2016 however misplaced to lawyer Leni Robredo, who can also be anticipated to contest the presidency subsequent yr.

Presidents are elected individually from the vp within the Philippines.

Marcos didn’t identify a operating mate, however mentioned his Partido Federal ng Pilipinas had needed to undertake President Rodrigo Duterte as its vice presidential wager had he not determined to retire from politics when his single six-year time period ends subsequent yr.

Opinion polls of attainable presidential candidates have constantly proven Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, within the lead regardless of her saying she wouldn’t be part of the race.

Some speculate Marcos and Duterte-Carpio might run on the identical ticket.

The Marcoses and Dutertes have been intently allied, most notably when the president agreed to a request to bury the physique of Marcos senior in a Heroes’ Cemetery, defying robust opposition from anti-dictatorship teams.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema; Additional reporting by Jay Ereño; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, poses for pictures after filing his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 national election, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 6, 2021. Rouelle Umali/Pool via Reuters

A demonstrator holds a poster during a protest following the presidential bid announcement of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, at the Commission of Human Rights, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, poses for pictures after filing his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 national election, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 6, 2021. Rouelle Umali/Pool via Reuters