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Philippine elections

Marcos vows to bring nuclear power to the Philippines

Election front-runner would continue Duterte's conciliatory stance on China

Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the front-runner in next month's Philippine presidential election, has vowed to bring nuclear power to the Philippines for the first time. Image is of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China.(Nikkei montage/AP/Getty Images)

MANILA -- Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator, is planning to bring nuclear power to the country should he maintain his wide lead in the polls and win the May 9 presidential election.

"Our vision for the country is to have at least one nuclear power plant so we can finally produce cheap energy and for us to lower our electricity rates," Marcos and his running mate, Sara Duterte, daughter of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte, said in a joint statement in March. An executive order signed by Duterte to promote nuclear power generation is "a good springboard for the next administration to pursue its nuclear energy objectives," the pair stressed.

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