Son of late Philippine strongman Marcos to run for presidency: Report

Mr Ferdinand Marcos Jr has been involved in politics as provincial governor, congressman and senator since his return from exile in 1991. PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (REUTERS) - The son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos will file his candidacy for president in next year's elections, local media reported on Tuesday (Oct 5), but his lawyer said a final decision had not yet been made.

Mr Ferdinand Marcos Jr, 64, popularly known as "Bongbong", has been involved in politics as provincial governor, congressman and senator since his return in 1991 from exile. His father was overthrown in 1986.

The Philippine Star had reported the plan on its official social media accounts, citing its correspondent. Asked about a run for the presidency, Mr Ferdinand Marcos Jr's lawyer, Mr Vic Rodriguez, said no final decision had been made.

Mr Marcos on Tuesday took an oath as chairman of a political party that had earlier nominated him as its presidential candidate.

The party is still having a meeting and information that came out was "raw information", added Mr Rodriguez, who is also the party's executive vice-president.

Another aide to Mr Marcos also did not confirm the Philippine Star report but said there would be no filing of candidacy on Tuesday. The aide said "something" would be announced later, without elaborating.

Mr Marcos unsuccessfully ran for the vice-presidency in 2016. A run for the top post would be a big step in a country where many are still healing from the 1970s martial rule era of the elder Marcos.

His family has long sought to rebuild its image and has repeatedly denied allegations it plundered billions of dollars of state wealth when in power, which ended in a 1980s People's Power uprising.

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