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Philippine elections

Marcos's presidential run stirs memories of father's martial law

Bongbong talks of 'unifying leadership,' victims warn of bid to rewrite history

MANILA -- Nearly half a century after former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, his only son's bid for the country's presidency is stirring memories of that period of corruption, excess and brutality.

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. formally entered the race for the May 2022 election earlier this month. A Pulse Asia survey conducted Sept. 6-11 put him ahead of rivals who have registered as candidates, behind only President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter Sara, who missed the entry deadline but may still make a late bid.

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