World in brief: the Philippines general election

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, aka Bongbong, is poised to become president – but Rodrigo Duterte isn’t entirely relinquishing power

The World Today Updated 31 March 2022 Published 1 April 2022 2 minute READ

James Orr

Journalist on South Asia, the US and the Middle East, Freelance

More than 50 million Filipinos are expected to vote on May 9 in an election that could see the return of the Marcos dynasty to the frontline of national politics. Bar a major upset, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, 64, the only son and namesake of the country’s late dictator overthrown more than 35 years ago, is widely anticipated to win the race for president, taking over from the incumbent Rodrigo Duterte.

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