Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the 64-year-old son of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, takes his oath as the country's 17th president on Thursday.
His desk will be stacked with pressing issues. He needs to decide how to address the South China Sea, amid the U.S.-China tug of war over the region. The Ukraine conflict has pushed up food and energy prices, squeezing the economy. A weak currency adds to the sting.