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Philippine court bins Marcos Jr.'s vice presidential poll protest

High-stakes ruling comes as country prepares for 2022 national elections

MANILA -- The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday said its 15 magistrates "unanimously dismissed" former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s bid to unseat vice president Leni Robredo, the opposition leader and critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The high-stakes decision is a blow to Marcos, son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who is believed to be eyeing a run for presidency next year as part of his family's political comeback.

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