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Tea Leaves

A bruising ride on the Bongbong bandwagon

How 'The Kingmaker' warned of a resurgent Marcos regime in the Philippines

Bongbong Marcos, sitting beneath a portrait of his father, photographed by director Lauren Greenfield during filming of "The Kingmaker." (Courtesy of Evergreen Pictures/©Lauren Greenfield)

In a leafy park in Manila's old walled city, Intramuros, I hitched a ride on Bongbong Marcos' political bandwagon.

This was 2015, and the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos had just announced he was running for vice president of the Philippines in front of an adoring, hand-picked crowd -- many bused in from Ilocos Norte Province, the family's feudal fiefdom.

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