Marcos filed his candidacy for the presidential election in 2022, along with his wife and two sons, further shaking up an already polarized political landscape.
“Marcos remains free from prison, hasn’t returned all the money he got from the country’s treasury, and now he’s back in the country for the highest office, which is just plain, shameless gall,” Right said Christina Palabe of the group Karapatan.
The Marcos family has long sought to rebuild its image and has repeatedly denied allegations that it plundered state wealth while in power, estimated at $10 billion in 1987.
As the third contestant to have signed up for the May 2022 presidential elections, Marcos, known as “Bongbong” and more recently as “BBM”, reiterated that he wants the Philippines to fight the pandemic. And there will be a “united” leader to help deal with the economic crisis.
“Despite being at the center of decades-long hate campaigns and protests, the family has always respected the right to voice its feelings and will continue to do so,” Marcos’ chief of staff Victor Rodriguez said in a statement.
Marcos’s father was expelled from office in 1986 in a people’s power uprising and died three years later in exile in Hawaii. The Marcos family returned to the Philippines in the 1990s to become a powerful politician representing their home province of Ilocos Norte.
Before filing the candidature of the young Marcos, protesters rallied outside the commission at the Human Rights Building in Manila, some burning photos of the late ruler, as they vowed to block their efforts to return the family to power.
“We know that Marcos has long wanted to return to Malkanang (the presidential palace) to rearrange history,” human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares told CNN-affiliated CNN Philippines.
Bongbong Marcos ran for vice president in 2016, but lost to lawyer Lenny Robredo, who is also expected to run for president next year.
In the Philippines, the presidents are elected separately from the vice president.
Opinion polls of potential presidential candidates have shown Duterte’s daughter, Sarah Duterte-Carpio, ahead of the constant saying that she will not run.
Some speculate that Marcos and Duterte-Carpio may have run on the same ticket.