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Philippines rights teams decry presidential bid of late dictator’s son

Marcos, accompanied by his spouse and two sons, filed his candidacy for presidential elections in 2022, additional shaking up an already polarized 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,” stated 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 join the May 2022 presidential polls, Marcos, popularly generally known as “Bongbong” and extra not too long ago as “BBM”, repeated he can be a “unifying” chief to assist the Philippines sort out the pandemic and financial crises.

Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, son of late dictator, announces Philippines presidential bid

“Despite being at the center 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’ chief of employees Victor Rodriguez stated in a press release.

Marcos’ father was chased from workplace in a folks’s energy revolt in 1986 and died in exile in Hawaii three years later. The Marcos household returned to the Philippines within the 1990s and have become highly effective politicians representing their dwelling province of Ilocos Norte.

Ahead of the youthful Marcos’ 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 informed CNN affiliate CNN Philippines.

Bongbong Marcos ran for vp in 2016 however misplaced to lawyer Leni Robredo, who can 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 stated his Partido Federal ng Pilipinas had wished to undertake President Rodrigo Duterte as its vice presidential guess 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 persistently 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 may 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.

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