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Marcos vs Duterte: Will the Philippines see two dynasties clash?

Sara Duterte may have bigger ambitions than just being Marcos' No. 2

Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte, left, raises the arm of newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during his inauguration ceremony in Manila on June 30.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Marcos family has returned to Malacanang Palace, home to Philippine presidents, after a 36-year absence. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake of the late dictator, was sworn in as the country's president on June 30 at the National Museum, which served as the legislative building when the senior Marcos was in power.

Standing next to Marcos at the inauguration ceremony was Vice President Sara Duterte, who smiled and lifted his arm to demonstrate solidarity. But her friendly demeanor may belie a shrewd politician with loftier ambitions.

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