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Philippines: 'Bongbong' Marcos, son of reviled dictator Ferdinand, runs in what could be a race of two dynasties in 2022 election

By Tom Smith, Principal Lecturer in International Relations & Academic Director of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, University of Portsmouth
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There are still more than six months to go before the next Philippines election in May 2022, but the horse-trading and behind-the-scenes machinations are hotting up. Incumbent president, the right-wing strongman Rodrigo Duterte, is banned by the constitution from standing for the presidency again next year – he did consider the vice-presidency before announcing his retirement from politics on October 2 – but the list of nine official candidates includes some…


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