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Marcos hails dictator father as he takes over Philippine presidency

New leader faces food supply concerns and tricky ties with China

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, takes the oath of office beside his wife, Louise Araneta-Marcos, in Manila on June 30.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of the late Philippine dictator, was sworn in as the country's 17th president on Thursday, completing the controversial family's political comeback after their ouster 36 years ago.

The 64-year-old took the oath of office at the National Museum in Manila at noon, vowing to transform an economy ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic and praising his father's economic legacy.

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