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Philippine presidential election: Will Marcos family return to power?

The Marcos family is predicted to return to power when Filipinos vote in the presidential election on Monday. The Straits Times looks at what the future holds for the nation under Ferdinand Marcos Jr and whether history will repeat itself.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr is tipped to win the upcoming Philippines election. PHOTO: REUTERS
Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, gestures with a victory sign during a campaign rally in Lipa, Philippines, on April 20, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
Mr Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr (centre), raises his hands with his son Sandro Marcos (centre left) and nephew Matthew Marcos Manotoc (centre right) during a campaign rally in Laoag City, on March 25, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
Mr Ferdinand Marcos Jr's running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio is the daughter of the outgoing president. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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MANILA - In two days, more than 65 million Filipinos will cast their ballots in a historic election which is as much about the past as it is of the future.

"This is the most consequential election in contemporary Philippine history," said political analyst Richard Heydarian at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

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