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Philippine elections

Duterte's party backs front-runner Marcos for Philippine president

Fresh endorsement for late dictator's son comes as Robredo gains ground

The backing by the party of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for May's presidential election is a boost for the son and namesake of the late dictator. (Source photo by Reuters)

MANILA -- Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator, got a boost in his bid to become the Philippines' next president in the May 9 election after being endorsed by the political party of the still-popular President Rodrigo Duterte.

"We are endorsing the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos for president," PDP-Laban President and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a press conference, using the candidate's nickname.

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