• AFP-Jiji


The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos cemented a landslide presidential election victory Tuesday, after Filipinos bet a familiar but tainted dynasty could ease rampant poverty — while dismissing warnings the clan’s return would deepen corruption and weaken democracy.

With an initial count almost complete, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had secured over 56% of the vote and more than double the tally of his nearest rival, liberal Leni Robredo.

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