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Marcos family once ousted by uprising wins Philippines vote in landslide

By Regine Cabato and Sammy Westfall

10 May 2022 · 5 min read

Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator whose family plundered billions of dollars, was elected president of the Philippines by a landslide, only 36 years after his father was ousted in a historic revolution.

For critics, it marks a further backslide for a nation - once admired as one of the few democracies in the region - that continues to trudge down the path of populism. Marcos succeeds the tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte, best known for his crude insults and a war on drugs that has left thousands dead.

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