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Marcos family wins big in poll

AFP-JIJI

The family of deceased dictator Ferdinand Marcos enjoyed easy wins in Philippine elections, official data showed Tuesday, with his unrepentant wife leading the clan’s political charge.

Imelda Marcos captured more than 88 percent of the votes cast Monday to win a second-consecutive term in the nation’s lower house representing the family’s provincial stronghold, according to the official tally.

Aides said they expected Imelda to be proclaimed the winner later Tuesday. Her daughter, Imee, was elected unopposed in the midterm elections for a second term as governor of Ilocos Norte Province. Imee Marcos’s cousin, Angelo Barba, completed a family sweep as the uncontested candidate for provincial vice governor, according to the election commission website.

Meanwhile, the late dictator’s son and namesake, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., is halfway through a six-year term in the Senate and is widely expected to run for president in 2016.