Bongbong Marcos: Philippine Congress declares subsequent president


The proclamation formalizes the once unimaginable return to power of the country’s most famous political dynasty, after a 1986 “people power” revolt drove the Marcos family into exile in Hawaii.

Marcos, 64, better known as “Bongbong”, takes over on June 30 from Rodrigo Duterte and will serve until 2028, with the incumbent president’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, as his vice president.

“I ask you all, pray for me, wish me well,” Marcos, dressed in the traditional white Filipino barong shirt and trousers, said after the proclamation. “I want to do well for this country.”

Marcos won 31.6 million or 58.77% of ballots cast, with an 82% turnout.

He won by a margin not seen since before his father’s autocratic, 1965-1986 rule, an era characterized by corruption, martial law and unashamed extravagance of the first family, a narrative his campaign sought to upend.

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Marcos’ wife and three sons were also present in Congress, where their family has won a seat in almost every election since its…