The son of the disgraced late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos vowed on Tuesday to work for all people after his stunning election victory, and told the world to judge him by his presidency, not his family’s past.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr, better known as “Bongbong”, become the first candidate in recent history to win an outright majority in a Philippines presidential election, paving the way for a once unimaginable return to rule for the country’s most notorious political dynasty.
Marcos fled into exile in Hawaii with his family during a 1986 “people power” uprising that ended his father’s autocratic 20-year rule, and has served in congress and the senate since his return to the Philippines in 1991.
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Ferdinand Marcos died in 1989 at 72. The new president’s mother, Imelda Marcos, is 92.
Ferdinand and Imelda are believed to have stolen up to $10 billion before fleeing. Around $3.5 billion has since been recovered by the Filipino government.
Upon her return from exile, Imelda served in Congress from 2010 through 2016 after a failed bid for president in 1992.
American financial services giant J.P. Morgan dropped the Philippines to the bottom of an investment list in a new report released after it became clear Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was headed for a landslide win on Monday’s presidential elections. … https://t.co/MwYALPfO05
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