Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has entered the campaign for the presidency of the Philippines


Mr Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the late Philippine dictator’s son and namesake, formally launched his candidacy for president on Tuesday (October 5), aiming to make a stunning comeback more than 35 years after his family fled the nation in shame following a popular, military-backed uprising.
“I am confident that it will take a… uniting leadership to guide us through this crisis, return our employees to work safely, and allow us all to resume our normal lives. That is why I am declaring my candidacy for the Philippine presidency today “In a three-minute speech, Mr Marcos stated.
He is the fourth politician to declare his candidacy to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte, 76 years old, in next year’s elections. Manny Pacquiao, the 42-year-old boxing sensation, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, 46, and Senator Panfilo Locsin, 73, are all in the race.
According to the most recent survey, Mr Marcos is the second-most popular presidential contender, after Mr Duterte’s daughter, Ms Sara Duterte-Carpio. Ms Duterte-Carpio, 43, has already announced her campaign for re-election as mayor of Davao City, her family’s hometown.
However, there had been persistent allegations that her campaign and Mr Marcos discussed a “unity ticket.”
Candidates for president, vice president, and more than 70 other national positions must register their certificates of candidacy by Friday. However, until November 15, the polling commission permits political parties to substitute their candidates.
If the elections are held today, half of the voters in the southern Philippines will vote for Ms Duterte-Carpio.
However, in Metro Manila and the rest of northern Luzon, she has very little support. Those are Mr Marcos’ stomping grounds. He appears to be gaining more support from Ms Duterte-Carpio than any other candidate. According to political observers, Mr Marcos has been soaring in the polls since many Mr Duterte are now turning towards him.


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